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Thirsty Pupils get boost from local store

Thursday, 2nd January 2003.

Steven Chadwick, manager of the Sainsbury's store in Haverhill, visited Westfield Primary School to donate 150 bottles of spring water to deputy head Phillip Knowles.

THIRSTY pupils will be a thing of the past at a Haverhill primary school in the New Year, as pupils are given water to sip throughout the day to help them work better.

Mr Knowles said the school had been so convinced by research about how drinking water could improve children's performance that they had sent a letter home to parents with the message: "A child with a drink is more able to think."

From the start of this term pupils will each be given a water bottle to sip during the day.

Mr Knowles said it was also planned to discourage sugary drinks and snacks such as crisps in favour of more healthy options.

"We have had two or three courses recently and the results of the latest scientific reports are that it really does help them to learn better," he said.

"At Westfield, we were concerned that, with only one drinking fountain, the children were not drinking enough. This may be causing them to become dehydrated."

He added: "Pupils who are bored, listless, drowsy and lack concentration may in fact be dehydrated.

"Starting from next term, all children in Green, Blue and Red Area will be given a water drinking bottle.

"Sainsbury's have kindly agreed to donate these, at no cost to us.

"The children will be encouraged to sip from their water bottle regularly during the day. We are hoping to see improved 'brain-power' next term."

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