Drinking fountains at Plano School District 88 schools have been shut down this school year as a health precaution because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
But the school district recently accepted a donation of reusable water bottles courtesy of the First National Bank of Omaha, First Insurance Group and Heartland Bank.
“The pandemic has already presented schools, teachers and students with many concerns and challenges this school year,” Superintendent Tony Baker said. “To have two of our community partners donate reusable water bottles for our students to use at our bottle-filling stations is so appreciated and one less expense that the district needs to incur.”
The water bottles will be provided to students who do not have access to a reusable bottle or if they forget their bottles at home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, access to clean drinking water helps students’ overall water consumption and maintains hydration, which can improve cognitive function in children and adolescents.
“This is a time when we, as a community, must take care of one another,” said Joel Recchia of Heartland Bank.
“While times remain uncertain, we know that together we’re strong,” said Autumn Stark, representing FNBO and FIG. “Together, we can overcome new challenges to ensure the ongoing health and success of Plano students.”
In a statement, school district officials said they are grateful for partners like Heartland Bank, FNBO and FIG and appreciates their support of its students and the Plano community.