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Flint schools receive bottle water for students

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It's the first day of classes for students across Mid-Michigan, but for one school system, students are fighting for more than good grades.

Water fountains are off-limits for students in Flint Community Schools because of the ongoing water crisis. Now, schools like Neithercut Elementary are focusing on student health this year.

"We started with a new breakfast program, a new start program, you'll see some of our bussers coming by us right now heading to the classroom picking up breakfast along the way,” Principal Joyce Pratt said.

Along with making nutrition a top-priority this year, many are still wondering about water usage as the city continues to deal with the water crisis.

School is back in session, but with these summer-like temperatures hydrating students with clean water is still a concern for Flint schools.

It’s why Neithercut receives bottled water through the Flint Area Schools Water Coalition.

"Every student will also have a bottle of water, every day two or three if they need it,” Pratt said. “Teachers will be placing it by the water faucet in the classroom, which is turned off. Student's will have a number for a bottle of water and be able to go back, pick up their bottle and have a drink whenever they need to.”

Pratt said the coalition will supply water weekly throughout the entire year to ensure enough is available. She also said cooking with tap water is not an issue.

"Our lunch staff is also using bottled water, we're not using Flint water, we're really looking for healthy students,” she said.

Sixth grade teacher Scott Davis said implementing the new water bottle system will be like having a drinking fountain back in the classroom.

"Every student is going to have a sticker that they put on in the morning, the sticker will stay on the water bottle throughout the day. All the water stays always back at this station and that way we alleviate problems of kids playing with their water bottle and things like that,” he said.

Davis said this will help students focus on their school work instead of worrying about the safety of their water.

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