Two Rutherford County Middle Schools Receive Grants from Local Delta Dental

Feb 28, 2022 at 10:48 am by WGNS

Delta Dental of Tennessee (Delta Dental) announced the twenty-five middle schools from across the state selected to receive “Water’s Cool @ School” grants to replace an existing water fountain with an Elkay bottle filling station. Two of the twenty-five schools are located in Rutherford County and include Blackman Middle School and Smyrna Middle School.

The grant program, first launched in 2020, aims to educate students on the benefits of drinking more water, as well as help make it more accessible during the school day. Schools are encouraged, but not required, to submit creative projects along with their grant applications that highlight how water is good for your health, what makes a healthy smile, or why the school needs a water bottle filling station.  

“From musical numbers to detailed science fair-style posters and mystery-themed videos, students from across Tennessee found creative ways to make drinking water – which is often dismissed as boring and plain – exciting and fun,” said Dr. Phil Wenk, CEO and president of Delta Dental. “We were so impressed by the grant applications and projects we received and appreciate the time and interest of every school that applied.” 

Again, both Blackman Middle and Smyrna Middle Schools in Rutherford County will receive the grants from Delta Dental.

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In addition to their new bottle filling stations, all 25 selected schools will receive toothbrushes for students, faculty and staff. The Top 5 schools will also receive water bottles for every student, faculty and staff when their bottle filling stations are installed.

Those Top 5 schools are: 

Jasper Middle School (Jasper)  
Munford Middle School (Munford) 
North Parkway Middle School (Jackson)  
Surgoinsville Middle School (Surgoinsville)  
Northeast Middle School (Jackson)  

View the full list of 25 grant recipients here.   

To view the creative projects submitted by schools along with their Water’s Cool @ School grant applications, search #WatersCoolTN on social media. Highlights include this video, produced by Munford Middle School, of a day at school with no water styled as a horror film;  these models of healthy and unhealthy smiles produced by an art class at Leadership Preparatory Charter School in Memphis; musical numbers from North Parkway Middle School in JacksonSurgoinsville Middle School, and Jasper Middle School, and Northeast Middle School’s (Jackson) video about the importance of drinking water throughout the school day. 

As part of the “Water’s Cool @ School” program, Delta Dental has produced oral health educational materials for students including activity sheets, games, posters, and demonstrations. Organized by grade level (K-2, 3-5, and 6-12), the free resources are available to download here.

To learn more about Delta Dental’s philanthropic work across Tennessee, visit their website.  



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