Jen School faculty members Mr. Williams and Ms. Holland were on hand to sell baked goods at the Coffee Cart on Friday, February 5, as part of the school’s “Water for All” fundraiser. Jen School students have been learning about the water crisis taking place in Flint, Michigan and have decided to help.
Flint’s drinking water became contaminated with lead in April 2014 while the city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager. As a cost-cutting move, the city began temporarily drawing its drinking water from the Flint River and treating it at the city water treatment plant while it waited for a new water pipeline to Lake Huron to be completed.
Previously, the city used Lake Huron water treated by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. The state Department of Environmental Quality has conceded it failed to require needed chemicals to be added to the corrosive Flint River water. As a result, lead leached from pipes and fixtures into the drinking water.
During the month of February, Jen School will collect funds to donate to the “Flint Michigan Water Crisis” cause. Coffee Cart proceeds are part of this effort. Jen School will contribute to the band Pearl Jam’s fundraising page on Crowdrise.
Pearl Jam and a group of friends and partners have pledged $300,000 to support relief efforts for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. They encourage all fans and supporters to join in their efforts. Donations will be made to The United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund which serves both the immediate and longterm needs of the community.
Please help the students and faculty of Jen School to “Jam” with Pearl Jam to raise funds for Flint, Michigan. Call 847-390-3020 for more info.