Editor’s note: This story has been corrected from an earlier version to clarify the water bottle station program is run and overseen by Healthy Kids Community Challenge and its committee, not the health unit. The health unit is a partner and a sponsor of HKCC by providing communications services to the media.
LEEDS-GRENVILLE – Water bottle filling stations are popping up in various areas across the district as part of a program sponsored by the health unit.
The stations, at 23 locations, are part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge – a program geared to youth to promote healthy living.
Here is the list of locations:
- Brockville Public Library
- YMCA of Brockville and Area
- Blockhouse Island (Kinsmen Club of Brockville)
- St. Francis Xavier Catholic School
- Lynn Public School
- Heritage Community Christian School
- St. Joseph Catholic School (Toledo)
- Town of Gananoque (Visitor Center)
- Gananoque Secondary School
- Linklater Public School
- Municipality of North Grenville (Arena Lobby and Corridor)
- Holy Cross Catholic School
- North Grenville District High School
- Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands (Community Hall/Public Library)
- Thousand Islands Elementary School
- Sweet’s Corners Public School
- Merrickville Public School
- Town of Prescott (Community Centre-Arena and Marina Building Lobby)
- South Grenville District High School
- Rideau District High School
- Rideau Vista Public School
While some stations will be available to the public, the ones in schools will only be accessible by students and staff, with the exception of groups that use the school after hours.
Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville Facilitator Joanne Desormeaux said the local project has cost approximately $57,000 and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville was among 45 Ontario communities taking part.
The entire Ontario program (Healthy Kids Community Challenge) is funded for three years by the Ministry of Health for a total funding envelope of $525,000.