(Mankato, MN) – Kato Public Charter School has been awarded a grant from the Blue Earth County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) that will give staff and students more access to drinking water.

The grant, which caps at $2,000, will provide funds for new bottle-filling water fountains and reusable water bottles that will encourage water consumption, and support safe COVID-19 practices.

Kristen Friedrichs, SHIP Coordinator, said the effort aligns with SHIP’s goal to create healthier communities by expanding access to non-sugar-sweetened beverages.

Blue Earth County SHIP works with local communities, schools, and businesses to implement strategies that help prevent chronic diseases so people can live longer, healthier lives.

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