Clean water for Detroit students

The Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) and other philanthropic partners committed $2.4 million to replace all of the drinking fountains in Detroit Public Schools Community District with hydration stations that filter out contaminants, just weeks after Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, Ed.D., shut down the old fountains because of elevated lead levels.

The DDF’s contribution of $300,000 funded the installation of 66 hydration stations at 14 schools.

David Boye, a sixth-grade teacher at Munger Elementary-Middle School, is confident the hydration stations will be a huge health and safety upgrade.

“Staff and students are already excited about getting the stations up and running,” he says.

Access to plentiful, clean drinking water throughout the school day helps students stay focused and energized. In addition, having convenient sources of clean drinking water at school encourages students to choose water over sugary drinks, which is great for teeth and bodies.