New ‘hydration station’ installed at Ethel Phillips Elementary

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SCUSD kicked off its participation in the statewide “Rethink Your Drink” campaign today by unveiling a ”hydration station” at Ethel Phillips Elementary School.

“Rethink Your Drink” is aimed at building awareness of the importance of helping students opt for clean, safe water over sugary beverages. SCUSD’s partners in the campaign include United Way, Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance and Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center.

“Childhood obesity is a real epidemic in our country and teaching kids about alternatives to soda and sports drinks can help them avoid health problems in the future,” said Superintendent José L. Banda. “We are thrilled to partner with such great organizations on this work to help our students learn and grow.”

Research shows that students who stay properly hydrated during the school day remain more attentive in class and can better focus on academics. During today’s unveiling, the county handed out 1,000 water bottles to Ethel Phillips students.

Students were also asked to sign pledge cards vowing to drink more water. Winners of the “Rethink Your Drink” student art contest were also revealed.