Local elementary school students hold water drive for Flint water crisis

- Nearly a dozen people have died in Flint, Michigan because of lead in their water supply.  So many Americans can’t believe residents in the United States don’t have access to clean water. 

So a number of people are doing something about it, including some Houston children. 

"It’s very serious. They can die,” says Hines Caldwell Elementary School student De’Auri Fluellen.

Fourth graders at Hines Caldwell Elementary School came up with the idea for a water drive because their teacher is from Flint. 

”It makes me feel bad that I have water without lead, and they don’t-- and it really hurts my feelings. It really bothers me, and I am so glad to collect clean water for them,” adds Fluellen. 

”It’s a joyous feeling to know way down here in Houston we’re having this drive. All my family is in Flint, Michigan.  It’s very concerning because at least ten people have died from the poisoning of the water and we all know how important water is.  You drink it.  You bathe in it,” explains Hines Caldwell Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Keith Carpenter.

”It shows their leadership skills, as well as how much responsibility they hold for others who are not a part of their community.  I’m very excited. I feel very honored and privileged to be part of a school that initiates these type of ideas,” smiles Hines Caldwell Principal Torrye Hooper.

"I was born and raised there, so for my students to want to help and do something for me, just means so much,” explains Carpenter.

If you would like to donate to the kids at Hines Caldwell's water drive, they're accepting bottles of water this week and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, January 30, 2016.

”Just think about yourself.  If you were in this situation you would want someone to help you,” says Carpenter.

A Houston church is working with a major retailer and will deliver the donated water to the folks in Flint next week.

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