When students enter the cafeteria at Madera Unified’s Washington Elementary School, they are coming for more than food. Once they are settled at their tables, they also line up for their favorite beverage — water.
The message at Washington is “make every sip count; stay away from sugary drinks,” and the kids are responding, as a demonstration Thursday showed.
Christy Patron of the Central Valley Health Network and Kerri Leevy, media relations specialist from Kaiser Permanente, joined several Madera Unified district officials in showcasing the health focus on water.
At lunchtime, Washington Principal Bill Holden invited those students who desired water to come to one of the water stations. Virtually all of the students took advantage of the offer...