Grant to be used to update curriculum and materials
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2016) — WaterStep has received a $18,750 gift from Delta Dental of Kentucky’s Making Smiles Happen program to support its Water Education Department. Delta Dental of Kentucky’s charitable initiative, Making Smiles Happen, provides funding to organizations that improve oral health and education in the local community.
WaterStep’s mission is to provide communities around the world with access to safe water and health education. The organization also develops and implements a local Water Education Program that teaches students about the world’s water crisis and solutions. The curriculum targets students in grades 1-12 and can be delivered in a classroom or other school setting, at educational conferences/events, or on-site at WaterStep’s headquarters.
Participants learn about the social, economic, and environmental effects of poor health that are caused by unsafe drinking water, as well as the proper health and hygiene techniques used to prevent the spreading of germs and bacteria. They also learn about the real water solutions WaterStep uses in the field to provide safe drinking water, and how the history of water technology in Louisville relates to present day water issues. The program includes hands on exercises and experiments, and depending upon the format, can last 30 minutes to 2 hours.
“Clean water is an essential element in oral and overall health, so WaterStep’s education program falls right in line with our mission to support organizations that promote improved well-being of Kentuckians,” says Delta Dental of Kentucky’s president & CEO, Dr. Cliff Maesaka. “We value and applaud their efforts to educate local youth about the importance of having access to safe water, as many people around the world are not so fortunate.”
WaterStep has been providing its Water Education Program locally for the past 10 years. The grant from Delta Dental will allow the organization to update its curriculum and materials.