Water fountains keep track of bottles recycled by students
Water fountains in all Northern Ozaukee School District buildings now have water bottle “filling stations” designed to promote recycling and healthier living.
Each station has an elevated spigot which makes filling bottles easier, as well as a counter that keeps track of how many bottles have been refilled — and kept out of landfills.
The district’s first two filling stations were purchased last spring by the Ozaukee High School Class of 2015. The district then purchased a third station.
Thanks to a donation by the Parent Teacher Resource group, three more stations were installed over winter break — so each school has at least one filling station.
The PTR is raising money for the project by selling Ozaukee Warrior water bottles for $20 each.
According to Ozaukee Elementary School teacher Lori Marini, the elementary students have embraced the stations and the positive environmental message they represent.
“Yes, they love to fill their water bottles and love to support NOSD by using their Warrior bottles,” Marini said.
Proving her point, she said the counter showed more than 300 bottles had been kept out of landfills after the elementary school’s first two weeks of using the stations.
“Over the past several years, the district has made a heightened effort to make healthy living a priority for our students and staff. Providing these stations aligns with that goal,” Marini said.
Warrior bottles can be purchased at district offices for $20 to support the filling stations.
WATER BOTTLE filling stations are now available at all Northern Ozaukee School District schools, thanks to a recent donation by the PTR group. Waiting their turn to fill their Ozaukee Warrior water bottles are (from left) Bianca Marini, Bentley Kraus, Addison Schubert, Peyton Mueller, Kaden Sheik, Kenna Pierson and Parker Kraus. The bottles are being sold for $20 each to support the refilling station program.
Photo by Sam Arendt