Joliet Central High School Students Collect 5,000 Bottles of Water for Flint Residents
November 4, 2016 11:55 AM
When Joliet Central High School Teacher Ernest Crim learned that the Joliet Chapter of the NAACP was collecting water for residents of Flint, Michigan, he immediately enlisted the help of his students.
Residents of Flint have been exposed to lead contaminated water since 2014. The state is slowly replacing the pipes, but clean water is needed by residents now. Exposure to lead can cause birth defects in children, leading to lower IQ’s, hearing problems, behavioral issues, mental retardation, kidney problems & seizures, amongst other issues.
Crim, also the sponsor of Brother-to-Brother, set a goal for his students and club members to bring 1,000 bottles in 5 days. Just days after the challenge was issued, the students more than surpassed the goal.
“These amazing kids at Central brought more than 3,000 bottles in just five days,” said Crim “But that’s not all. I told kids to bring bottles until the end of the day last Friday because I was unsure when Mike Clark (NAACP President) would be coming to pick them up. Our Steelmen brought nearly 2,000 more after school last Friday for a 5,000 bottle total!”
“I am so proud of our students because they are the definition of selfless,” said Crim.