Jon Lyons and Steve Carr
In response to the decision to shut off water fountains at San Marcos Elementary School out of concern of spreading COVID-19, Sun Lakes Rotary has donated 400 refillable water bottles to the school to ensure that all students can stay hydrated.
“San Marcos Principal Becky Henderson let Rotarian Terrie Sanders know that water fountains at the school would be shut off because of COVID concerns,” said Sun Lakes Rotary President Jon Lyons.
Sanders, who coordinated the Sun Lakes Rotary-sponsored closet at the school, joined Lyons in delivering the bottles, each carrying the Sun Lakes Rotary Club logo, to Henderson.
“It’s a tremendous comfort for us to know that our students will have access to water because of this truly generous donation,” Henderson said. “Each student will decorate their bottle with their names and any designs they like.”
According to the website Parents.com, “Children need the same amount of water as adults: about one quart for every 1,000 calories they expend.” Having access to water is particularly important during Arizona’s brutal summer months.
In addition to the health benefits of hydration in children, a recent study in the Journal of Nutrition reported that “increasing water intake to 2.5 liters per day during four days significantly improved cognitive flexibility compared to low water intake (0.5 liters per day) in children.” Previous studies have suggested that “insufficient hydration is associated with poorer short-term memory in children,” according to the website HydrationforChildren.com.
“We are very grateful for this effort,” Henderson said. “Keeping our children safe and healthy during this very difficult time is our top priority.”
Currently, Sun Lakes Rotary holds weekly Tuesday meetings for its more than 80 members through Zoom, alternating between morning (7 a.m.) and evening (5 p.m.).
For more information about Sun Lakes Rotary, visit www.sunlakesrotary.com or www.facebook.com/groups/SunLakesRotaryClub on Facebook.