Bentley Middle School is among 23 schools in the state that have new water fountains/bottle filling stations thanks to the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF.)
The middle school was among the winners of the DDF’s $100,000 Rethink Your Drink: Water’s Cool at School program, designed to encourage children to drink more water during the school day.
“The Delta Dental Foundation is pleased to fund this program,” said Teri Battaglieri, Delta Dental Foundation director. “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.”
As part of their prize package, the middle school also received reusable water bottles for students and staff as well as funding to design and implement a campaign to encourage students to drink more water during the school day.
“We love having the bottle filler water fountains. Our kids are drinking more water and we know that this is healthier for them and hope that it leads to healthier life choices. We appreciate having 3 working fountains for our students to access and the bottles for students to reuse. Having working fountains has also put a little pride back into our students and staff. Thanks to everyone involved in making this happen for our students,” said Mrs. Brockmon, middle school principal.
About the Delta Dental Foundation
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina. The foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science, and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit www.deltadentalmi.com.