Local fifth graders collect water to send to Flint

West Street Elementary

SANBORN, N.Y. (WIVB)- A group of fifth graders at West Street Elementary have had a busy few weeks.

After seeing the water crisis in Flint on the news, the students wanted to help. They held a water drive, and collected dozens of gallons and packages of bottled water.

Principal Theron Mong told News 4 he’s proud of how these kids took this challenge on themselves.

They came up with the idea, organized it, and saw it through, he said.

“We’re here to make a change and we’re not making changes if we’re not helping other people,” said fifth grader Vincent Ciraolo.

Ciraolo told News 4 he didn’t think their project would take off the way it did.

“I didn’t know it would be that much, I thought it would be less. I was blown away,” he said.

All the water donated was picked up by the True Bethel Baptist Church, whose volunteers will be driving it to Flint.

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