Thanks to a Blue Earth County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) grant, students and staff at Kato Public Charter School will have easier access to drinking water due to new bottle-filling water fountains.


This project was identified as part of the school’s efforts to increase access to water during the school day. Grant funds will be used to provide bottle filling water fountains and reusable water bottles that will encourage consumption of water as well as support the need to avoid using traditional water fountains due to COVID-19. “This effort aligns with one of SHIP’s goals,” said Kristen Friedrichs, SHIP Coordinator, “to create healthier communities across Minnesota by expanding access to non-sugar sweetened beverages.”


Kato Public Charter School was awarded an amount not to exceed $2,000.00. SHIP grants are reimbursed to the recipient for expenses incurred and require the recipient to contribute resources of at least 10% of the total project amount.


Blue Earth County SHIP works with local communities, schools, and businesses to implement research-based strategies that create lasting change helping people in Blue Earth County prevent chronic diseases and live longer, healthier lives.