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It's a push to help make sure area school children have healthy smiles.
It's in honor of National Children's Dental Health Month in February.
Members of the Keep the North Country Smiling Coalition want to keep the smiles coming by encouraging children to drink tap water.
An organization called Mission: Readiness - Council for a Strong America is providing several Jefferson County schools with Brita hydration stations and Fidelis Care is donating 4,700 reusable water bottles for students to use.
Lyme Central kicked off delivery of the bottles Monday morning, along with an oral health presentation for students in kindergarten through third grade by Nicole Quintin from the North Country Family Health Center.
"Dental health is important because the CDC reports that decay is the most common chronic disease of our young adolescents," Quintin said.
"It's even more common as asthma, so dental health, we need to start early, we need to start preventing so that these children grow up with healthy mouths," she said, "and then they can teach their children on good oral habits as well."
Water bottles are also going to students at Knickerbocker, Ohio and North Elementary schools in Watertown, along with Sackets Harbor, Black River Elementary, Carthage Middle School, Alexandria, and LaFargeville.