The Northwest Arkansas office of the American Heart Association – in conjunction with Healthy Active Arkansas, Beaver Water District and RB – dedicated its first “H2O and GO” water bottle filling station March 12 at Old High Middle School in Bentonville. School officials said they had been asking for a water bottle filling station for more than 10 years.
The purpose of the H2O and GO stations is to provide schoolchildren with more access to free, clean drinking water, no matter where they live, what school they attend or what grade they are in. In Northwest Arkansas, that water is sourced from Beaver Lake and made clean to drink by Beaver Water District. Cities then supply water to the schools.
Having access to a hydration station means school children can fill water bottles to take to class, rather than the routine three-second drink they get from a fountain with long lines, especially after P.E.
Old High Middle School became the first school to get an H2O and GO station after a student at the school, 11-year-old Ethan Arnwine, mentioned to his parents that even though milk and juice were offered during lunch, water was not available. The boy’s father, Buster Arnwine is a member of the AHA-NWA board of directors and the team lead for RB. His company donated funds to help purchase and install the H2O and GO station, so now students, faculty and staff have water as a healthy option as well!