Rethink Your Drink: Water's Cool at School

Rethink Your Drink: Choose Water!

The Delta Dental Foundation has partnered with MESSA to expand its campaign to encourage students to drink more water during the day.


The submission deadline has passed. Stay tuned for the next grant cycle.


Water’s cool at school!

Providing access to drinking water throughout the school day gives students a healthy alternative to sugary beverages like soda pop and sports or juice drinks. Drinking plenty of water can help combat obesity, increase energy levels and may improve students’ cognitive functions. Further, if fluoridated, drinking water also plays an important role in preventing cavities.

As part of its Rethink Your Drink campaign, the Delta Dental Foundation has teamed up with MESSA and committed a total of $200,000 to REPLACE existing drinking fountains at a number of selected schools in Michigan with new Elkay water fountain/bottle filling stations installed by Balfrey & Johnston, Inc. of Oak Park, MI.

What your school could win:

  • One or more brand new water fountain/bottle filling stations (including installation)
  • Water bottles for all students and staff 




2018-2019 “Rethink Your Drink” winners:

  • Alcona Elementary, Middle and High Schools, Lincoln
  • Andrews Elementary School, Three Rivers
  • Arborwood Elementary Campus, Monroe
  • Aspen Ridge Middle School, Ishpeming
  • Athens High School, Troy
  • Atlantis High School, Flint
  • Attwood Elementary School, Lansing
  • Bangor High School, Bangor
  • Barhite Elementary School, Burton
  • Bay City Central High School, Bay City
  • Beech Elementary School, Redford Township
  • Blesch Intermediate School, Menominee
  • Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport Township
  • Bronson Jr./Sr. High School, Bronson
  • Bullock Creek Elementary School, Midland
  • Carrollton Elementary School, Saginaw
  • Carrollton High School, Saginaw
  • Chatterton Middle School, Warren
  • Cheyboygan Area High School, Cheboygan
  • Chippewa Valley High School, Clinton Township
  • Coldwater High School, Coldwater
  • Corunna High School, Corunna
  • Custer Elementary School, Monroe
  • Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Detroit
  • Dudley STEM Elementary School, Battle Creek
  • Eau Claire High School, Eau Claire
  • Escuela Avancemos Academy, Detroit
  • Ford Early Learning Center, Ypsilanti
  • Gier Elementary School, Hillsdale
  • Greyhound Intermediate School, Eaton Rapids
  • Harper Creek Middle School, Battle Creek
  • Harrison Middle School, Harrison
  • Hatherly Educational Center, Warren
  • Holden Elementary School, Warren
  • Inland Lakes Elementary School, Indian River
  • International Academy at Hull, Benton Harbor
  • Ionia Middle School, Ionia
  • Johannesburg-Lewiston High School, Johannesburg
  • Keewhadin Elementary School, Fort Gratiot
  • Kennedy Center, Pontiac
  • Kolb Elementary School, Bay City
  • Lake Shore High School, Saint Clair Shores
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Zeeland
  • Lockwood Elementary School, Eaton Rapids
  • Luther L. Wright School, Ironwood
  • Mason County Eastern High School, Custer
  • Mesick Jr./Sr. High School, Mesick
  • Montrose Hill-McCloy High School, Montrose
  • Moon School, Muskegon
  • Morrish Elementary School, Swartz Creek
  • Mound Park Upper Elementary School, Warren
  • Mt. Morris Middle School, Mt. Morris
  • Muskegon Middle School, Muskegon
  • Natalie Kreeger Elementary School, Fowlerville
  • North Elementary School, Birch Run
  • North Elementary School, Iron Mountain
  • Northeast Elementary School, Jackson
  • Northwest Elementary School, Howell
  • Novi Meadows Fifth Grade, Novi
  • Orchard View Middle School, Muskegon
  • Ottawa Elementary School, Buchanan
  • Owen Elementary School, Pontiac
  • Pathfinder Elementary School, Fremont
  • Pierce Middle School, Redford Township
  • Pinconning Central Elementary School, Pinconning
  • Pittsfield Elementary School, Ann Arbor
  • Pittsford Area Schools, Pittsford
  • Randels Elementary School, Flint
  • Reese Elementary School, Reese
  • Ring Lardner Middle School, Niles
  • Robichaud High School, Dearborn Heights
  • Ross Beatty Jr./Sr. High School, Cassopolis
  • Schwarzkoff Elementary School, Sterling Heights
  • Shawmut Hills School, Grand Rapids
  • South Bendle Elementary School, Burton
  • Southwest Community Campus, Grand Rapids
  • Surline Middle School, West Branch
  • Sycamore Elementary School, Delhi Township
  • Taylor Parks Elementary School, Taylor
  • Union City High School, Union City
  • Walker-Winter Elementary School, Westland
  • Warren Mott High School, Warren
  • Warren Woods Middle School, Warren
  • Webb Elementary School, Hazel Park
  • West Bendle Elementary School, Burton
  • West Bloomfield High School, West Bloomfield Township
  • Woodward School for Technology and Research, Kalamazoo

Learn more:

To learn more about how to increase access to drinking water in school or about Delta Dental’s Rethink Your Drink campaign, check out the following:

CDC: Increasing Access to Drinking Water in Schools

Water First: A Toolkit for Promoting Water Intake in Community Settings

Guidance on Drinking Water Sampling for Lead and Copper at Schools and Daycares

Rethink Your Drink