Your throat is dry, your mouth thirsting for water. The day has barely started, but you can tell it’s going to be a grueling one. As you’re reaching into your pocket on the walk to the vending machine, dread washes over as you realize that you left your wallet at home. You look around and see one of the drinking fountains at school; the only thing that could quench your thirst at the moment, but one look at it and you find yourself walking away. You’ve probably found yourself in the situation of going thirsty just to avoid drinking water from the drinking fountains. However, things are no longer going to be like that.
Delta Dental had a grant called Rethink Your Drink: Water’s Cool at School. It was made to encourage students to drink more water. Certain schools were chosen based on applications and Everett was one of them. Priority School Coordinator Dee Halstead was the one who made this all happen, filling out the grant application that got Everett the two water bottle fountains that were installed in the school during Spring Break.
Students overall feel good about what’s going to happen.
“I feel like that’s amazing because a lot of people bring water bottles, but they don’t have where to refill them, so I think [the water bottle fountains] will be a great addition,” said junior Dayton Buchanan.
One reason students are excited is because they’ll actually use the fountains now.
“I don’t really trust [the water fountains]. I heard people say the water wasn’t clean,” said junior Vivian Ho.
Freshman LaMiya Nixon agrees on that sentiment.
“[The drinking fountains] are a bit disturbing because of all the gum and food that sits on them,” said Nixon. “[The new fountains will be] good for people so they can actually have a better use of [them]. Students try to fill them up now [in the current fountains] but it’s really hard and it doesn’t even fill to the top.
There are a few students who are uneasy about the addition of the water bottle fountains.
“I feel like typically when we get nice things, the students manage to ruin it. Hopefully they don’t,” said Ho.
Junior Danielle Ellsworth agrees, but takes it even further.
”They’re gonna get broke,” said Ellsworth. “[Delta Dental] is wasting their money because [the fountains] are going to turn out disgusting like the ones we have now.”
However, the majority of students are choosing to stay optimistic.
Buchanan agrees with Ellsworth to an extent.
“I feel like the [water fountains] may get destroyed or become trashy, but once they see what difference [the new fountains] make, students may take that into consideration and take care of them, hopefully,” said Buchanan.
Though Ellsworth isn’t warmed up to the idea of the new water bottle fountains, she doesn’t completely oppose using them.
“[I might use them] the first day when they’re still clean,” said Ellsworth.
The two water bottle fountains won’t be the only thing the grant is giving.
“In addition to two water bottles stations every student and teacher is getting a water bottle,” said Halstead.
Some students feel good about the money that’ll be saved now that it won’t be necessary to buy water bottles.
“I’m glad because before if you wanted cold water you had to pay for it and you’d get it in a plastic disposable bottle which wasted plastic,” said junior Julianna Markham-Adkinson.
Buchanan is one of those.
“I spend a lot of money because when I buy [a water bottle], I don’t have where to refill it,” said Buchanan. “Usually, I buy multiple throughout the day. I like that now we’ll be able to refill the same bottle.”
There are students that think two water bottle stations is too little for such a big school.
“More would be nice to start off with, but two can’t hurt,” said senior Bailey Dagley.
The point of the grant is that students will be drinking more water, especially since now they won’t have an excuse not to.
“I feel like as long as the water tastes good, people who don’t drink a lot of water will start to more,” said Buchanan.
Overall, many see it as an opportunity that would be a waste to not use.
“I hope that people take advantage of it,” said Adkinson.