Valley schools get hydrating stations

Two Valley high schools get hydrating stations

LA QUINTA, Calif. - The school year is almost over, but students lined up for a fresh start at La Quinta High School, thanks to 12th grader David Castro from the environmental club. He introduced his peers, staff and local leaders to a new hydrating station in the lunch area, which serves cold, filtered water.

"We live in the desert and I don't want my fellow students to dehydrate on campus," said Castro.

It's a major improvement from the moldy water fountains we showed you at the school last month.

"They were hot and nasty, and they had white stuff in it," said 11th grader Isabella Fernandez. "Now, it's cold and clean and delicious."

"I believed it opened the eyes of the community to see what's going on inside La Quinta High School," said Castro.

The water dispenser was made possible by the Riverside County Health Department's "Rethink Your Drink" campaign and the Regional Access Project Foundation to encourage students to drink water instead of sugary sports drinks or sodas.

"Sometimes it's the presentation. If the fountain doesn't look good, the kids aren't going to want to drink out of it," said Jake Ferreira, director of Military Leaders for Kids. "If you present it in a nice way; it's clean, it's fresh, it's cold, they're going to drink it."

Filling up at the station is also expected to help eliminate waste of plastic water bottles and it calculates and shows you just how many you're saving.

"I think it's a legacy that will last a long time," said Deborah Dolan, teacher and environmental club advisor.

"I'm very happy with how it turned out," said Castro. "This one could have such a big impact and could lead to more installed on campus and hopefully updating our entire system."

The Desert Sands Unified School District announced another station will be installed near the athletic and physical education area at LQHS.

The county and Regional Access Project Foundation also unveiled a hydrating station at Desert Mirage High School in Thermal.

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