Created by: Ashley Burnham, Child Nutrition Program Director
Heritage Academy is a rural charter school in Jerome, Idaho. In Idaho charter schools do not receive local property tax funds like traditional public schools, so our budget, when it comes to facility upgrades is very limited. We have 175 students ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade. Our facility is nearly 100 years old and is spread throughout 3 stories. The cafeteria is located on the basement floor and does not currently have a water fountain installed. Per: Section 203 of the Act amends section 9(a) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. (1758(a)) schools participating in the NSLP MUST make potable water available to children at no charge in the place where lunch meals are served during the meal service. To accommodate this requirement set fourth, the cafeteria uses a 2 gallon water dispenser and styrofoam cups to provide drinking water to our students during meal times. We would love to eliminate the waste of cups by installing a water bottle filling station and encourage students to bring their own refillable bottles.
In addition, our water fountain located on the 2nd story is old and significantly damaged on the side. Having one new water bottle filling station installed on each story of our building would make a huge impact to the safety, health and hydration of our students.