To date, 18 school grants have been awarded for FY14 through the water district's partnership with FIRST 5 of Santa Clara County, who is administering all school grants on behalf of the water district. In addition, FIRST 5 has also awarded grants to another 20 local schools. All 38 combined water stations were installed over the summer or early this fall. For a breakdown of schools broken down by agency, download this Summary of School Sites [PDF]
In July, the water district and FIRST 5 joined the Partnership for a Healthier America's Drink Up campaign, of which first lady Michelle Obama is the honorary chair. Both agencies received national recognition from the Drink Up campaign for their efforts to increase water access and consumption in schools.
On Sept. 24, the water district held a media launch to celebrate the installation of the 38 new water hydration stations with FIRST 5 and Santa Clara County Public Health Department at San Martin Gwinn Elementary School in San Martin, which is one of the 18 schools funded by water district schools. Going forward, the goal is to award another 32 grants, working through FIRST 5, and complete installation of 32 additional hydration stations in local schools by the end of FY16. For more information or a complete list of schools, please contact Marta Lugo. Program Background/Summary
In 2013, the water district, FIRST 5 Santa Clara County (FIRST 5) and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department partnered together to create a local partnership called "Water to Go' with the goal of installing 100 hydration stations in Santa Clara County in 2014, with each entity contributing funding to the project. The "Water to Go" partners launched the program October 24, 2013 in San Jose's Plaza de Cesar Chavez with the installation of the first public "Water to Go" hydration station in a public park setting. The water district has since expanded its partnership with FIRST 5 to help pool resources in awarding grants to schools under a partnership agreement executed in December 2013 and amended the contract in fall of 2014.