Students at the Riverhead Charter School are offering a helping hand to those affected by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Students, parents and teachers are donating sealed bottles or cases of water this week which will later be directly delivered to public charter schools in Flint. The goal is to provide relief for children in Michigan and ensure they have access to clean drinking water.
According to CNN, the municipal water supply in Flint has been contaminated with high levels of lead for the past year after Michigan officials in charge of the city’s budget temporarily switched the water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River.
Nearly 100,000 residents have suffered symptoms like hair loss, depression, anxiety, vision loss, memory loss and lead poisoning.
“Our whole team at Riverhead Charter School is honored to be part of this endeavor,” principal Raymond Ankrum said in a statement. “We are proud of our students who are eager to help other children impacted by this tragedy. We are hoping to raise enough money to send hundreds of thousands of bottles to Flint students and make a difference.”
Photo Caption: Riverhead Charter School students pose in front of the bottled water they will donate to residents of Flint, Michigan. (Credit: Courtesy)