Swanton Middle School awarded water fountains, bottle filling stations

Swanton Middle School is among 54 schools is the state that will soon have two new water fountains/bottle filling stations thanks to the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF.)

“We congratulate Swanton Middle School on their award and hope this program helps the student body and staff see the benefits of drinking water regularly,” said Teri Battaglieri, Delta Dental Foundation director. “Not only do one out of three children face obesity due to consuming sugar-sweetened beverages, but drinking soda pop nearly doubles the risk of cavities in children.”

Swanton Middle School was among the winners of the DDF’s $200,000 Rethink Your Drink: Water’s Cool at School program, designed to encourage children to drink more water during the school day.

“We are very thankful to The Delta Dental Foundation for awarding us with two new water fountains/bottle filling stations,” said Swanton Middle School Principal Matt Smith. “This is a great program that will help keep our kids healthy. Special thanks to SMS teacher Julie LaPoint for writing this grant.”

As part of their prize package, Swanton Middle School also received reusable water bottles for students and staff.

“The Delta Dental Foundation is pleased to fund this program,” said Battaglieri. “Water is critical to maintaining good oral health and when children choose water over sugar-sweetened beverages, they can reduce incidents of tooth decay, the most common chronic childhood illness in the U.S.”