Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Flint Water Crisis Stirs Sarasota Response | 5th-Graders Raise $400 for Bottles of Water for Students

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Flint Water Crisis Stirs Sarasota Response | 5th-Graders Raise $400 for Bottles of Water for Students

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BOOKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SARASOTA -- Amani Washington was furious after she read a story about children her age in Flint, Michigan.

The 11-year-old could not believe residents there could not drink untreated water from their faucets. She wondered how they were able to bathe and cook. She fumed at government officials in a state 1,200 miles away.

But she was also anxious to help.

"It got me excited and mad because why would someone do something so horrible to a group of innocent people," Amani said. "But I was excited because I wanted to do something great."

Amani and fifth-graders at Emma E. Booker Elementary School raised more than $400, which a corporate donor matched -- enough money to send 8,000 bottles of water to students in Flint -- as that city deals with corroded pipes that left its water laden with dangerous amounts of lead and other chemicals. …

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