Number of Participants: 25
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $845
Event Amount Raised: $1,500
Event Type: Civic & Community
Date: November 29, 2016
351 Oxhead Road Stony Brook
New York 11790, United States
In connection with a seventh-grade reading assignment, R.C. Murphy Junior High School students, student athletes 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 year, the students read the book “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 Michigan who are at risk of medical problems due to the exposure to contaminated water.
Students, staff and faculty bought 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 students. For every dollar raised, up to $5 million, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has pledged to match. Murphy raised $1,500 for the cause.
Photo Caption: R.C. Murphy Junior High School took action this fall and raised $1,500 for the people of Flint, Michigan who were exposed to lead in their drinking water. Several students are pictured here with Library Media Special Betsy Knox and Principal Vincent Vizzo by the school’s paper “drops of water” display.
Photo courtesy of the Three Village Central School District