Students helping students.

That’s how Rosa Parks Elementary School is approaching a new community outreach effort that will support the students who attend public school in Flint, Mich. Students at Rosa Parks are collecting bottled water for their Michigan peers so those students have plenty of safe water to drink during the continuing Flint water crisis.

The ‘Children Need Safe Water’ project was initiated by the school’s assistant principal, Dr. James Jones, who remembers what his family went through during Toledo’s water crisis in the summer of 2014.

The water crisis in Flint continues to make national headlines and was caused when the city broke away from Detroit’s water system and began getting its water supply from the Flint River. The Genesee County Health Department declared a public health emergency and deemed the water unsafe to drink.

Dr. Jones feels collecting water for the schoolchildren of Flint is simply the right thing to do.

People who wish to contribute to this effort can drop off water at Rosa Parks Elementary, 3350 Cherry St., Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The school will be collecting water through February 29 and then it will be transported to Flint.

Posted on January 21, 2016