In connection with a seventh-grade reading assignment, R.C. Murphy Junior High School students, staff and parent community took action this fall and coordinated a fundraiser to help the more than 8,000 children living in Flint, Michigan, who were exposed to lead in their drinking water.
Before the start of the school year, the students read “Water Wars,” a fictional story about a dystopian society plagued with corporate greed and a lack of available drinking water. With the topic of the book and the news of Michigan’s water problems in mind, the school worked to make a difference in the lives of those living in Flint who may experience medical problems due to the exposure to contaminated water.
Students, staff and faculty purchased paper “drops of water” to be sent to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, which will provide interventions that support positive health outcomes for the affected children. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has pledged to match every dollar raised, up to $5 million. The Murphy school community raised $1,500 for the cause.