Still Time to Donate Bottled Water for D211 ‘Water for Flint’ Drive
The community of Flint, Mich., is suffering from lead-contaminated water due to aging service lines that leached into the community’s water supply. Families are left without safe water to use or drink. Entering a final push of a weeklong drive, District 211 has already surpassed its initial goal having raised 26,288 bottles of water.
The initiative’s sponsor, Hoffman Estates High School Teacher J.P. Moore, said the bottled water drive is a positive learning experience for all involved. In addition to helping a community in need, Moore said students are learning to be compassionate human beings by taking action to help others.
“We want our students to leave District 211 being able to be compassionate, find strength in numbers, and hopefully we will have enough bottled water to make a difference,” Moore said. “We want our students to say, ‘Look at what we all did together.’ Academics are important, but it’s just as important as teachers and administrators to teach our kids how to care, love, be compassionate, and take care of each other and our world.”
Art Van Furniture Company, located near Flint, Mich., has been accepting and transporting donations to help their community during this time of need. The company will be transporting the water at no cost to the District.
Community members looking to get involved can drop off cases of unopened, pre-packaged, 16 ounce bottled water or offer a monetary donation to be used to purchase water.
For more information, including where to bring cases of water, please contact your local high school.