Students at Tennyson High School in Hayward unveiled a new hydration station that would ensure access to filtered water on campus and prevent dehydration among students.
The station features filtered, chilled water, two drinking fountains, and a bottle filler that electronically displays how many water bottles have been filled up at the station each month.
Last year, students on Tennyson’s Wellness Council identified a need in their school for clean, attractive, and vandal-resistant hydration stations in order to encourage students to stay hydrated.
In an effort to receive approval and funding of the project, students researched the effects of dehydration on learning and brain function and surveyed the Tennyson water fountains.
When the students presented their findings to the school’s Site-Based Decision Making body, their proposal to purchase a hydration station was unanimously approved.
“It was so inspiring to see the process unfold,” said Tennyson Health teacher Megan Milan. “The students showed me what a determined group of young people can do to solve a problem.
Alameda County Office of Education’s Project Eat joined community partners including HealthCorps and Tiburciso Vasquez Health Center in sitting on the Wellness Council and supported the student-led initiative.
The unveiling coincides with First Lady Michelle Obama’s launch last week of a new campaign to encourage people to drink more water called “Drink Up” and focuses on the importance of water consumption to health.
Students at Tennyson feel the new hydration station at their school is crucial to their welfare.
“The environment at Tennyson is going to change in a good way because students will make wiser and healthier choices,” said sophomore Wellness council member Priscilla Arango. “It makes me feel proud because I was part of a positive change at Tennyson.”