Hurt Park Elementary encourages students to drink more water

“My classmates use their water bottles, I use my water bottle, we all use our water bottles,” fifth-grader Kendall Bingham said.

Bingham is one of 400 students at Hurt Park Elementary who received a water bottle on the first day of school.

Now, you’ll see students taking sips in the classroom or taking water breaks during gym.

It was an idea Principal Sharon Hicks had after talking with the school’s PTA.

“And we talked about hydration and what it does to help the student focus in school as well as decrease agitation,” Hicks said.

She learned more information after reading about the Drink Up initiative to get people to drink more water.

Soon, volunteers donated enough money to buy a filtration system and each student their own water bottle.

“They receive Husky Bucks for the responsibility of bringing their bottle back everyday to school,” Hicks said.

“We’re hoping that it will instill it in them at a young age and it will carry on throughout their lifestyle,” physical education teacher Jessica Keane said.

A Brita Hydration Station is now located in the gym for easy access to fill their water bottles.

“They come through in the morning for breakfast and they go straight to the hydration station, when come go to lunch they come right to the hydration station as well so the students have really caught on to the importance of water and staying hydrated,” Hicks said.

Brita has even reached out to the school to do a study on the students’ performance on standardized testing, ability to stay focused in the classroom and their behavior.

“We have seen less disciplinary issue happening here at Hurt Park and we do contribute some of that to students staying hydrated during the school day,” Hicks said.

These may not be things these students realize but you can tell they like the water.

“It helps you stay energized and hydrated, and a whole lot of stuff,” Bingham said.

So each chance they get, the continue to drink up.

Learn how you can fundraise for a hydration station like Hurt Park Elementary by selling customized reusable water bottles.


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How to Fundraise for your own Brita® Hydration Station®

Looking to earn your own Brita® Hydration Station®? Drink up® and Brita® Hydration Station® have teamed up to help groups fundraise to earn their very own Brita® Hydration Station®! Both Brita® Hydration Station® and Drink Up® are devoted to help raise awareness about the benefits of drinking water and healthy hydration.

How the fundraising program works:

  1. Submit a request to receive an order form.
  2. Place your order selecting product model type and bottle color along with your custom logo.
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  4. Sell Nalgene® bottles with your custom logo on it
  5. Proceeds pay for the new Brita® Hydration Station®!



To learn more about the program or to get started, visit the Brita® Hydration Station® Fundraising Page or watch the short presentation below by Haws Corporation® that goes over the fundraising program details.

Check Out the Highlights From the 2014 PHA Summit

Check out the highlights from the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit in 2014. Notice the various shots of the Brita® Hydration Station® kiosks that provided attendee’s with Brita® filtered drinking water while roaming the show!

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These Haws Drinking Fountain Photos From Around the World are Epic

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Throwback Thursday: Announcing our Support of the Drink Up Campaign

On July 22, 2014 First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), of which Mrs. Obama is honorary chair, to announce that seven new supporters have joined the Drink Up effort, which encourages people across the country to drink more water, more often. As part of the announcement, about three dozen children from a local YMCA and a National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) summer camp helped build a 60-foot by 43-foot water droplet composed of 2,000 blue “Drink Up” water bottles on the South Lawn of the White House.

9 Hydration Facts You Should Know to Help You Live a Better Life

1. Over 80% of adults and children live in a constant state of dehydration.

2. Not having enough water in your system may promote build-up of kidney stones. Water is needed to flush out waste products in order to dissuade kidney stones from forming.

3. Hydration is directly correlated with a person’s ability to concentrate. The ability to concentrate is critical in achieving outstanding performance in work and school.

4. If you feel hungry, try sipping on water instead. Fact is, hunger may be mistaken for your body actually needing water.


5. Waiting until you are thirsty is not the best indicator to let you know that you are dehydrated. The thirst mechanism will only kick in once you are already at a mild state of dehydration. Checking the color of your urine is the best indicator to being in a healthy state of hydration.

6. 75% of your brain is made up of water.

7. Water is the only drink that your body requires, next to being a vital element in human survival. We can only live without water for a few days.

8. Beer is mostly made up of water – 95% water and 5% alcohol. Drinking beer will not help with hydration, which is why you may get a hangover from drinking too much of it. A hangover is a strong result of dehydration.

9.  Soda is a diuretic, causing you to urinate excessively. When this happens, you must drink water to replace the fluid lost or you will remain in a state of dehydration.

Haws Corporation® Strengthens Support for the Growing Drink Up Initiative with School Fundraising Program Successes

With organizations everywhere seeking out options to have good tasting water easily available to the public, Haws partnered with the Partnership for Healthier America’s Drink Up initiative earlier in the year to expand a program that will make Brita® filtered water bottle filling stations accessible and affordable to all schools.

As the inventor of the original Brita® Hydration Station®, a wall-mounted bottle filler providing schools and businesses with convenient access to Brita® filtered water, Haws has experienced an outpouring of interest from schools and businesses nationwide. Together with Drink Up and Nalgene®, Haws has increased awareness of their popular Fundraising Program which encourages students and groups to sell custom branded Nalgene® bottles to raise funds for their own Brita® Hydration Station®.

Since the July Drink Up announcement, numerous schools have taken advantage of the revised campaign to initiate their own Brita® Hydration Station® fundraising project, as well as raise awareness of existing bottle refill stations. Michael B. Dodge, Superintendent of Dundee Community Schools in Michigan says, “Many students and staff stop by to use the machine…(they) love it! I highly recommend the Fundraising Program.”

In addition, Haws has been actively collaborating with universities across the country to engage in their own hydration and sustainability initiatives. Georgia College, a public liberal arts university in Milledgeville, installed multiple Brita® Hydration Station’s® throughout their university housing locations. In conjunction with the College, Haws supported efforts to promote the newly installed stations and the importance of hydration, which included several table events with reusable Nalgene® bottles giveaways. “Students LOVE the bottles!” said Matthew Terry, Assistant Director at University Housing at Georgia College.

In addition, University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) Take Back the Tap group hosted the largest student organized sustainability festival at the end of October where they utilized Haws’ Brita® Hydration Station® mobile kiosk to promote awareness of the existing units installed throughout the campus.  For additional information on the Drink Up initiative, please visit: Your Are What You Drink.

About Haws Corporation®For more than 100 years, Haws has been committed to inventing, designing and manufacturing drinking fountains as well as standardized and customized emergency response products. With more than 8,000 distribution locations and 250 employees worldwide, we continually focus on quality, service, reliability and complete solution support. Headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, USA, Haws is globally represented with locations in Switzerland, Singapore and Brazil. For more information on Haws Corporation, please visit:

Check out the official Press Release 


PHA Motivates Fans of Water to Drink Up!

Since the inception of the PHA’s Drink Up campaign, fans of water have eagerly posted their favorite photos with hashtag #spreadthewater. We love the participation and entertaining photos and we are thrilled at the multitude of people that Drink Up! Water is the immense resource that proves to be the best sidekick throughout the day. We have included a few of our favorite photos that have been inspired by Drink Up.


An Instagram user was thrilled to find a Brita® Hydration Station®.


Water tastes great coming out of a Nalgene® bottle!


A Haws® drinking fountain in action on Instagram.


Young fans of water with Eva Longoria at a “Water n’ Fruit Stand.”


Treat Yourself to Fruit Infused Water

Need a boost to your daily water intake?  Fruit can add a natural sweet flavor that can easily help you stay hydrated throughout the day. The best way to enjoy a fruit-infused water, is by letting fruit blend in your re-usable water bottle overnight.  Even after multiple refills from a hydration station throughout the day, your water will still taste sweet and refreshing.

Citrus fruits are packed with antioxidants and offer unique flavors that pair well with water. Add mint to your water to sustain fresh breath throughout the day! The fruit combinations for water are endless.  Fruit water is an excellent treat for your sweet tooth and extremely healthy to boot.


Check out this recipe for lemon-cucumber water that brings a citrus experience to your taste buds. Fun Fitness in Transit’s Instagram account, H20_Daily, is updated daily with tips on how to stay hydrated. Once you have mastered a recipe of your own, post a picture of your water on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag #spreadthewater. You could win fun prizes from supporters of the Drink Up campaign. Click here for official rules.

Happy First Birthday to the Drink Up Campaign!

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Drink Up campaign that now has more than 60 companies and organizations from every water vertical and beyond sharing Drink Up’s simple message.  Its message has reached hundreds of millions of people throughout social platforms, and been seen on everything from billboards, to screens in elevators and gas stations, to TV, radio and even a talking fountain.

Haws Corporation is a proud supporting partner of the Partnership for a Healthier America Drink Up campaign. Haws is one of the few manufacturing companies participating in this nationwide program. We have been “spreading the water” for over 100 years and are excited to support the one year anniversary of the Drink Up campaign. Read the official press release.


To celebrate Drink Up’s first birthday, they will be giving away Drink Up-branded goodies including glasses, reusable water bottles, T-shirts, and more in a sweepstakes which will kickoff on Friday, September 12 and run through Wednesday, September 17.

To enter, a user must either include the #spreadthewater hashtag in a tweet, or Instagram photo that wishes the Drink Up initiative a happy birthday or share one of Drink Up’s birthday posts on Facebook. Winners will be chosen at random. Click here to read the full sweepstakes rules.

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