Water fountain closure sparks need for fundraiser

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

COVID restrictions mean that water fountains can’t be used in schools.
“Since September, every child has to bring their own bottle in,” says Bianca Malchin. “That can be very challenging.”

Malchin is the mother of three boys who attend elementary school in Slave Lake. They live in Smith. The first week in February, Malchin started a fundraiser to buy reusable water bottles for all 840 students at Smith (75), C.J. Schurter (445), and E.G. Wahlstrom (320) schools.

“The community needs some love,” says Malchin. As people always tell children to be kind, she wanted to do something nice for the children.
Part of Malchin’s inspiration was a recent Christmas project. The Rotary Club of Slave Lake partnered with local seniors and other knitters and crocheters to give all the students at these three schools handmade toques.

“You should have seen how happy and smiling the kids” were leaving the school, says Malchin. She asked herself “what can we do to bring that back again?”

The plan is to buy Tupperware water bottles. As a Tupperware dealer, Malchin can get these for a cheaper price and plans to donate her commission to the schools.

“We can label them,” says Malchin. “You can even write on them. It’s a yellow bottle, too, so it’s like sunshine.”

The bottles come in sets of two for $19.95. The plan is to buy 420 sets. To sponsor a water bottle for a child email [email protected]

Bianca Malchin, her sons and their dog, Nova. The boys (left to right) Bjarne, Eliah, and Aaron.
Courtesy of Bianca Malchin.

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