Delta Dental of Tennessee awards grant to Happy Valley Middle
Published 10:21 pm Monday, February 28, 2022
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FROM STAFF REPORTS
NASHVILLE — Happy Valley Middle School is one of 25 across the state that will receive a “Water’s Cool @ School” grant to replace an existing water fountain with an Elkay bottle filling station, thanks to Delta Dental of Tennessee.
The grant program, first launched in 2020, aims to educate students on the benefits of drinking more water, as well as help make it more accessible during the school day. Schools are encouraged, but not required, to submit creative projects along with their grant applications that highlight how water is good for your health, what makes a healthy smile, or why the school needs a water bottle filling station.
“From musical numbers to detailed science fair-style posters and mystery-themed videos, students from across Tennessee found creative ways to make drinking water — which is often dismissed as boring and plain — exciting and fun,” said Dr. Phil Wenk, CEO and president of Delta Dental. “We were so impressed by the grant applications and projects we received and appreciate the time and interest of every school that applied.”
In addition to their new bottle filling stations, all 25 selected schools will receive toothbrushes for students, faculty, and staff.