The Rethink Your Drink: Choose Water! program, supported by a grant from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation, is designed to encourage students, teachers and staff to drink water instead of sugary drinks during the school day, which helps support oral health and a healthy weight.
The following schools were selected out of more than 120 schools through a competitive application process.
Angie Grant Elementary School
Beryl Henry Elementary School
Blytheville Elementary School
Camden Fairview Middle School
Clinton Elementary School
Crestwood Elementary School
Cross County Elementary Technology Academy
Cutter Morning Star Elementary School
Gary E. Cobb Middle School
Hill Farm Elementary School
Lavaca Middle School
Magazine Elementary School
Nashville Primary School
Northside Elementary School
Park Elementary School
Pulaski Heights Elementary School
Randall G Lynch Middle School
Raymond F. Orr Elementary School
Rison Elementary School
Robert Davis Elementary
Valley View Intermediate School
Walnut Ridge Elementary School
Western Yell County Elementary School
Wilson Intermediate School
Wynne Intermediate School
Each school will receive a water bottle filling station, which will replace an existing water fountain, where it will be installed before the start of the 2020-21 school year.
Drinking plenty of water, if fluoridated, plays an important role in preventing cavities and maintaining oral health. Further, drinking water can help combat obesity, increase energy levels and may increase students’ cognitive functions.
The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation is committed to fulfilling Delta Dental’s mission to improve the oral health of Arkansans. The Foundation awarded 21 organizations in 2020 with a total of $500K dollars through its Community Grant Program. By investing in education, prevention and treatment, the Foundation works to make Arkansas healthier, one smile at a time. For more oral health news and information, visit www.deltadentalar.com.