Hydration Station Initiative

Overview

United Way’s Hydration Station Initiative

Currently, many students in Sacramento don’t have easy access to appealing drinking water outside of mealtimes and the health benefits of water consumption are critical to growing students. We want to ensure that students in our community are given every opportunity to live their healthiest lives and are able to focus in the classroom, starting with the students in Robla School District. Last year, United Way’s Young Leader Society raised money to install hydration stations in every school in the district and distribute more than 2,500 reusable water bottles. 

Success Story

It started with a Rethink Your Drink lesson and turned into so much more
How one community is walking towards health.

Last fall, United Way’s Young Leaders Society partnered with the Robla School District and Health Education Council to implement the Hydration Station Initiative

Young Leaders Society members raised over $25,000 to provide a new hydration station at each school in the Robla School District and give each student their own reusable water bottle. Health Education Council also provided in-class Rethink Your Drink healthy beverage education in each classroom in the district to educate students about the importance of drinking water over sugary beverages. 

Photo Gallery

Students celebrate their commitment to choosing water
Hydration stations are a big hit at Taylor Street Elementary

Students getting ready for the assembly

Through donations made by United Way’s Young Leaders Society members and supporters, we were able to install hydration stations into all schools in the Robla School District at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year and supplied every student with a reusable water bottle. The Hydration Station Initiative provides access to clean drinking water and encourages kids to choose water over sugary drinks. 

United Way’s President & CEO, Stephanie Bray, promised students at Taylor Street Elementary, that if they still had their United Way water bottle at the end of the school year, we’d come back and have a party. In June, Stephanie made good on her promise and brought the party to Taylor Street Elementary.