New Water Stations in Oakland County Schools and More September Stats

Learn about the new water stations in Oakland County schools, what to do with your old Crayola markers and other fun September facts.

September is back-to-school season – the time of year for parent-teacher conferences, well-worn markers and teens getting disciplined (well, sort of). Here’s a mix of five stats, facts and figures Metro Parent found to help metro Detroit moms and dads ring in the first month of fall.


This many new lead-free, filtered water drinking fountains and bottle filling stations were being installed at schools throughout Oakland County over the summer, thanks to a program funded by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.


Around this percentage of car seats are installed incorrectly, according to the National Safety Council. National Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 23-29, so get your car seat installation checked this month. Find a certified technician at


That’s about how many millions of markers Crayola makes every year. But did you know they can be recycled? Collect and send used ones to Crayola’s ColorCycle program (they pay the shipping!) so your markers get repurposed.


Worried about oversharing with your child’s teacher at this year’s parent teacher conferances? Don’t be. A study found this percentage of teachers want to know about a major illness or accident in the family, yet only 21 percent of parents usually inform their child’s teacher about these things. The vast majority of teachers also want to know about students’ mood changes.


This percentage of parents admits to not enforcing punishments when their teen breaks a rule, according to a recent study from Liberty Mutual Insurance. The reason? For 38 percent of parents, it’s just too inconvenient. Start fresh this fall!


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