A Parent Toolkit for Promoting Drinking Water in Schools
The Parents Making Waves toolkit provides parents with best practices, resources, and tools to advocate for safe and appealing water in schools. The toolkit was created by University of California, San Francisco, California Food Policy Advocates, and Enigami Ventures with support from the San Francisco Foundation. The development of this toolkit was also supported in part by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. We hope that parents will leverage the strategies in this toolkit to develop a comprehensive water program in their children’s schools.
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Advocacy 101 Tip Sheet
The Advocacy Tip Sheet provides parents with tips to advocate for water programs in schools.
How To Fund Your School Water Program
In this section parents will learn how to identify potential funders of school water programs and how to successfully pitch their program ideas to these funders.
Ensure School Water is Safe
Here, parents will learn about the first step in promoting water consumption in schools – ensuring that the water is safe for students to drink.
Overview of Tap Water Sources
This section provides an overview of appealing and functional water sources that students will be excited to drink from.
Promote Water Intake in Schools
Parents will learn about fun and attention-grabbing promotion and engaging education that will encourage students to drink more water throughout the school day.
School Wellness Policy
This section provides key language regarding drinking water that should be included in school wellness policies (written documents outlining a school’s goals and commitments related to student health and wellbeing).
Tools to Support Water Access
Here, parents will learn about the first step in promoting water consumption in schools– ensuring that the water is safe for students to drink.
Want more information, check out the The Water Works Implementation Guide, a more in depth resource, to help you develop a comprehensive program to increase access to safe, appealing, low-cost drinking water sources in your school.