GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) - (09/29/15) - Amy Paschack is a para professional at Springview Elementary. When she heard about students in Flint being impacted by the city's Water Worries, she knew she had to do something.
"Kids are always at the drinking fountain. They have water bottles on their desk. So, I think if the kids are so close to home there and can't just go out and get a drink of water and they're expected to bring their own, we can help to make sure that they do have water in their school to drink," Paschack said.
An avid runner, Amy Paschack her thoughts into gear.
"From Jan. 1 until now, I've run 500 miles. So I decided 500 was my magic number. So I wanted to donate $500 in water to Flint. So for any one family to do that is a challenge. I contacted the principal at our school and we put together a contest for the kids. So our goal is to raise $500, which will provide 5,000 bottles of water for kids in Flint," Paschack said.
Principal Melissa Killingbeck loves the idea.
The school started handing out flyers. In just one day, they've seen a large amount of support.
"We've had lots of help from the community. We've got parents that are helping, they are dropping off money. We've got MTA in Flushing. They let us know they're going to take up a donation and drop it off at the school for us," Paschack said.
These ladies say it's the least they can do to help their neighbors in need.
"We had two years ago, a student who became very ill and the whole county gathered around us. So, for me, I think this is amazing because it's a way for us to give back, when so many gave to our student too. In a question of why neighbors helping neighbors, that's what neighbors need to do," Killingbeck said.
The principal says they will finish collecting donations on Friday. If you'd like to help, please contact Springview Elementary at 810-591-8550.