When the 2019-20 school year begins, students at William Penn School 49 will have a faster, more innovative and fun way to get their daily intake of water throughout the day.


That’s because the IPS school is among 21 Indiana schools awarded with a water fountain/bottle filling station, thanks to the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF.)


William Penn is among the winners of the DDF’s $100,000 Rethink Your Drink: Water’s Cool at School program, designed to encourage children to drink more water during the school day.


“We congratulate William Penn School 49 on their award and hope this program helps the student body and staff see the benefits of drinking water regularly,” said Dr. Holli Seabury, Delta Dental Foundation executive director. “Not only do one out of three children face obesity due to consuming sugar-sweetened beverages, but drinking soda pop nearly doubles the risk of cavities in children.”


As part of the school’s prize package, every staff member and student will receive reusable water bottles. The school will also receive posters to hang around the school.


Deborah Wooldridge, Title 1 specialist at William Penn, applied for the grant and is excited about what this means for the school.


“It’s all about healthy initiatives. We’re just trying to get the students to realize that there are really good healthy habits that they can have and trying to promote healthy habits in school that will transfer to their homes,” said Wooldridge. “Staying hydrated is proven to be good for your body and brain.”


The new water fountain/bottle filling station will be located in the school’s cafeteria.