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New water filling unit in Carl Junction schools helps keep students hydrated

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Staying hydrated: it's a simple task that gets overlooked.  

"We're so mobile that I think it's difficult sometimes for people to get as much water as they should," said nurse Bridget May.

At Carl Junction High School, this is no longer the case thanks, to a water filling station in the student common area.

"It's centrally located here, so everybody sees it.they all eat lunch out here," said May.

The unit features a sensor that turns on a stream of water into the students' own bottles.

It's the result of a lot effort by seniors Chaz Mcrae and Alyx Page. The students first pushed to have water bottles allowed in the classrooms by selling some covered with the school emblem. These sales helped to fund the filling station.. 


"A lot of students have been using it and they've been happy to use it, especially with the bottles, said Page. "They think it's really sanitary. I know a lot of my friends are tired of using the old water fountains, they're kind of gross."

"Just the fact that they can fill them up quicker and they can have easier access to the water that definitely helps, but being hydrated is definitely really important," said McCrae. "It helps you with everything."

This is something getting schools officials most excited.

"Over half of our body is made up of water and we're constantly losing it. And so the problem is how do we replace all that? and this is one fantastic solution."

May says when students stay properly hydrated, their brains stay focused and more sharp throughout the day.

"It's a huge thing with everyone, regardless of age. And it gets the kids really taking notice of how they feel when they are not doing it, that sluggish feeling they kind of get."

According to the CDC,  giving students easy access to drinking water can also support overall health by providing an alternative to sugary drinks.



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