Do you have a water fountain in your classroom? Well, I think every classroom should have one. Imagine if you just came back from physical education class, you are very thirsty, and you don’t have a water fountain in your classroom. What would you do?
Maybe you brought water from home, but did you know that drinking tap water is smarter and safer than drinking bottled water? First of all, tap water from a fountain is free. You have to pay for bottled water. Also, tap water is environmentally friendly because there are no plastic bottles to throw into the landfills. Tap water also comes from a public source, so it is always checked for contaminants.
Some people think that bottled water tastes better than tap water. Actually, tap water from a fountain retains its taste because you drink it right away. Bottled water can lose its flavor and taste bad over time. That’s why there are expiration dates on bottled water. Also fountain water stays cold. Bottled water that you keep at your desks will get warm during the day.
There are schools that have water fountains in their halls, but not in their classrooms. This is not a good idea. If a student has to go out to the hall to get a drink, they could miss something important that the teacher is talking about. Also, some teachers may not let a student leave the classroom for a drink. Some teachers may not let students drink from bottled water during class because it’s annoying to other students. If there is a water fountain in your classroom, a student can quickly get a cold drink of fresh water without missing anything and without being annoying to other students or the teacher.
Water fountains in classrooms make the students and the teachers happy! Think about it! We could make ourselves happy and still help the environment!
Ashley Williams is a fourth-grader at Otke Elementary School in Clifton Park.