The school’s Student Council teamed up with the school's Parent-Teacher Organization to raise money to convert drinking fountains into water bottle filling stations at the school.
Each water station costs $1,200. Through two events, the groups raised about $2,200 toward the new stations.
Two water bottle filling stations are already located near the school's gym. The new fountains will be installed near the south end of the building.
Sixth-grader Samantha Bush said she can tell the difference between the water produced by the older fountains and the newer bottle filling stations.
“The new ones are cold and taste much better,” she said.
Although they fell a little short of their goal, Amy Londot, a sixth-grade teacher and Student Council adviser, said the Student Council will pitch in $200 from its budget.
Londot said the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization President Shana Trowbridge approached them with the idea, and asked if students wanted to get involved with the project.
“We thought it would be a great service project,” Londot said.
Sixth-grader Oscar Sip said the new fountains make filling water bottles easier. Instead of tipping water bottles toward the water, the new fountains dispense water from the top.
The school’s Student Council, comprised of 31 fifth-graders and 35 sixth-graders, sold 360 T-shirts to profit $1,460 for the fundraiser. They raised another $740 during a “hat and pajama day," when students paid $1 to wear a hat and $2 to wear pajamas to school.
“Anytime I can wear my PJs to school, I’m so doing it,” Bush said.