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3 Mesa elementary schools partaking in water refilling program

(Tim Hacker/ Mesa Public Schools)

PHOENIX — Three Mesa schools are taking part in a program that focuses on eliminating single-use plastic water bottles through the use of refilling stations and reusable bottles.

The Rethink.Refill program was recently launched at Crismon Elementary, Ida Redbird Elementary and Washington Elementary, along with two schools in Mexico.

The program, headed by nonprofit Plastic Oceans International, is aimed at communities that have unsafe water, experience poverty and lack the education and resources to deal with plastic pollution, according to a press release.

“Crismon Elementary feels blessed to have received a water refilling station, which we placed in the multipurpose room where every student has physical education, and breakfast and lunch are served daily,” Sandi Kuhn, principal of Crismon Elementary, said in the release.

Footprint, an Arizona-based technology company, sponsored the program for the Mesa schools because of its focus on eliminating plastics through sustainable packaging, according to the release.

Kuhn said her school is planning a contest in which the winning entries will receive a reusable water bottle.

The reusable water bottles can be sold in a school fundraiser. Benefits from sales can go to the school, be donated to the program or be used for another cause.

“Our water refilling station complements several school activities where our students help the environment, and reducing plastic pollution is another way the students can give back to make the world a better place,” Kuhn said.

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