School doors may be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but when classes resume, a new North Little Rock, Arkansas policy could change the way students learn in a big way.
The North Little Rock School Board recently voted to approve the American Heart Association's water access policy. This policy ensures all students have access to water bottles in the classroom and that all new schools and schools doing major renovations include water bottle filling stations on campuses.
“Some studies also show that drinking enough water may also improve a child’s performance in school because hydration assists with reasoning skills and short-term memory,” said Dave Oberembt, Government Relations Director of the American Heart Association. “It can also help with visual attention and fine motor skills, making it easier for children to learn what they are reading. What’s more substituting water for sugary drinks can cut up to 235 calories out of a child’s diet and help keep our kids at a healthy weight.”
Aside from allowing students to bring water bottles into the classroom and constructing more water bottle filling stations in schools, the measure also makes schools eligible for grants.
A special thanks to the American Heart Association – Arkansas team for their help and guidance throughout this campaign.