HARTSDALE, N.Y. -- While families in Flint, Mich., struggle through a water crisis that has exposed thousands to increased lead levels, a local school district is taking steps to help.
The Greenburgh Central School District's Parent Teacher Association Council and Woodlands High School's Environmental Club are collecting cases of bottled water, water bottles, pitchers and jugs that will be sent directly to the city of 100,000 people.
Donations can be dropped off at Woodlands High School, 475 West Hartsdale Ave., Hartsdale, through Monday, Feb. 22. Donations also will be accepted at the Superintendent's Tea at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23. The tea is to be held in the district's administration building, which shares an address with the high school.
The people of Flint find themselves in an ongoing crisis resulting from a government decision to switch the city's water supply to the Flint River in 2014. While the decision was made primarily as a cost-savings measure, officials failed to property treat the river water, allowing the city's people to be exposed to lead and other harmful pollutants.
According to multiple reports, the local and state leaders have been heavily criticized for their failed response, which critics say was not forthright, swift or effective.
As of Wednesday, officials still were unable to guarantee that the water coming out of the tap is safe.
For more information on the Greenburgh school district's efforts, visit the Greenburgh Central School District Facebook page .
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