March 5, 2018

Shawmut Hills & SWCC Receive New Water Fountains/Bottle Filling Stations

Shawmut Hills and Southwest Community Campus are among 61 schools in the state that will soon have new water fountains and bottle filling stations.

Shawmut Hills and Southwest Community Campus are among 61 schools in the state that will soon have new water fountains and bottle filling stations.

As a result of a $200,000 partnership between MESSA and the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF), schools across the state will receive new water fountains/bottle filling stations as part of the “Rethink Your Drink: Water’s Cool at School” program, which encourages children to drink more water during the school day.

In all, 95 water fountains/bottle filling stations will be installed across the state.

“Drinking water throughout the school day is key to staying focused and energized,” said Teri Battaglieri, Delta Dental Foundation director. “Not only are sugar-sweetened beverages like pop and juice drinks bad for your teeth, they can contribute to other health issues such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes. We want more students to have access to drinking water during the day so they can keep their teeth and bodies strong and healthy.”

MESSA Executive Director Ross Wilson said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Delta Dental Foundation on this important program. MESSA is committed to supporting education employees as they look to improve their own health while modeling good examples for their students.”

Also as part of their prize package, Shawmut Hills and SWCC also received reusable water bottles for students and staff.

“On behalf of our students, teachers, and support staff, we want to thank Delta Dental and MESSA for selecting us to receive this generous donation. The health and well-being of our students and staff has a direct effect on teaching and learning. These new filling stations, coupled with the reusable water bottles, will make it easy and accessible for them to keep hydrated all day,” Tim Mabin, principal of Shawmut Hills, and Carlos de la Barrera, principal of Southwest Community Campus.

About the Delta Dental Foundation: The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina. The foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science, and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit

About MESSA: MESSA is a not-for-profit membership association that provides health and ancillary benefit plans to teachers, education support professionals, school administrators and higher education employees throughout Michigan. MESSA places a strong emphasis on member education, wellness and preventive care to reduce the cost of health care while supporting its members’ good health. More information at