GHS FILLS ITS STUDENTS WITH WATER
Everybody knows water is good for you – yet most of us do not drink as much as we should. This is especially true of young adults who often quench their thirst with soft drinks, or simply go without. This lack of hydration affects all students in one way or another, usually without them even knowing about it. Did you know the majority of headaches is the result of your brain screaming for water? Did you know 60 percent of the human body is made up of water, and our blood is about 90 percent water! To help our students succeed, over the summer, GHS had four new watering stations put in place throughout the building. We don’t even call them water fountains anymore, because they are so much more than that now. Yes, you can still bend over and get a quick
drink – but, this water is cold, and goes through an additional filtering process, and, it has a “sister unit” right next to it that allows you to place a water bottle under the sensor and it will fill your bottle. Additionally, the new machines track how many 12oz plastic water bottles have been saved in the process. In fact, with 3 of the 4 new machines operational for one week, the
high school has already saved over 2,000 plastic bottles from being discarded.
This is already an incredible number – especially when you consider it takes anywhere from 450 to 1,000 years for a common water bottle to fully biodegrade in a landfill. According to the school’s Associate Principal, Mr. Dennis Bye, the best news is that we haven’t really saved 2,000 plastic bottles – because our students simply were not drinking water from the old fountains. And, with the new watering stations, not everybody had their own personal water bottle to fill up. So, he reached out to the local military recruiters and was able to obtain 200 bottles from the U.S. Army and 200 bottles from the U.S. Navy. After one week of school, there are about 25 bottles left, we have been handing them out left and right. Mr. Bye stated, the bottom line is our kids are now drinking water all day long and I am positive they will become better students because of it.