The Swellesley Report lets us know that students at Wellesley High have started work on a boycott - and a Facebook page - because bottles of water now cost $1.50 at the school - up 25 cents from last year. You rage against that machine, kids.
I like the fact the kids are standing up for themselves. Vending machines have gotten out of hand, and its not uncommon now to see 2 dollar bottles of Dasini being dispensed. For two dollars Id rather go to the store and buy something like SmartWater if I were in the water buying market. When I was school I felt like the administration was falling behind on the upkeep of water fountains to the point where they ceased to exist after bottled water become a commonidity in the vending machine marketplace and especially after soda and juices were restricted by the school board (this was before that happened EVERYWHERE.)
My senior year every elected member of the Senior and Junior elected body (School wide and class level) marched to the principles office in protest when they even went as far as to attempt to stop people from bringing their own bottled drinks (like soda) into the cafetaria. Our other objective was to somehow manage the line situation where people were waiting up to 25 minutes to get a lunch in the cafetaria. Truth be told I was in that group but was also profiting from the cafetaria fiasco by illegally bringing in outside food and drink and reselling it on the black market lol, I put myself out of business when we won but it was quite fun to "rage against the machine." Best of luck to the patriots at Wellsley High (even if of all people they can afford a 25 cent increase.)
It seems like a good decision. It the prices are higher than you want to pay then don't buy, better yet, boycott. Somehow I don't think the machine vendor will give a hoot. Maybe Swellesly mom's will pack a cool drink in their bag lunches.
Raise it to $3. They should be drinking from fountains or the tap.
Edit: The link is about gatorade, not water. $1.50 is a huge price, considering vending machines sell 20oz versions, while you can get 32 oz for $1 at the supermarket
Mentions both Gatorade and water.
It's a convenience price. Nothing new there.
Ever read the ingredients on Gatorade? It's corn syrup, artificial colors, and salt ("electrolytes").
Mmmmm! Just like soda, but less carbonation.
Garbage. And it has a history of marketing to children? I wonder why.
"For baseball or for a pickup football game, assuming you're acclimatized to the heat, it really doesn't matter whether you drink water or sports drinks. But if you're losing a lot of sweat, say you're a marathon runner, that's a different story because then you're going to potentially lose a lot of minerals as well as water. And replacing those minerals with a sports drink is not a bad idea."
Does the school still have water fountains?
Screw 'em. Up it to $5. Maybe they'll learn something.
"Out of control" vending machine pictures:
beer and cigs right there on the street any day, any time.
I'm addicted to the sweet green tea in the metal cans in the machines at every train station. Glad we don't have one of those machines around the corner from my house here...
I really like that last link :)
Better they should be shooting each other over perceived slights.
and refill them at the taps or drinking fountains? That's not only free, it's more environmentally responsible.
And it's healthier. Now get off my lawn!
Assuming the infrastructure for the fountains is in place and properly cleaned and not abused... That was my biggest problem when I was in school, most of the water fountains were either a mess or not working, and I didnt even go to a run down school lol. It just seemed to be the heat and the water fountains, they could never get either one right.
oooo and i hate it when that kid like... puts his whole MOUTH OVER THE THING
Kids in my high school used chewing tobacco.
Before the city we live in built new schools, my older son went to one of the "old" schools for two years.
Despite obvious attempts to make it a non-shithole, it was still a shithole. One of the most shithole things about it was that it did not have drinking fountains.
That's right NO DRINKING FOUNTAINS. Kids had to bring water to drink from home or buy it. Late in his kindergarten year, they finally got a bubbler so the kids could refill their bottles.
Wouldn't surprise me if the school in question didn't have drinking fountains, for one stupid reason or another. Crappy infrastructure and arbitrary idiocy of principals and school committees is always a possibility.
I stayed at a Club Quarters in Chicago last week. In the hall near the ice machine they have filtered water and washed drinking bottles. You fill up the empty bottle yourself. When you're done, you just leave it in your room and they wash them and put them back.
Less plastic waste, less energy used to move bottled water across the country, less thirst, less cost. Do you think that'd work in public schools?
NO DRINKING FOUNTAINS? Oh the humanity!
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