The first grade class of the Bronx-Manhattan SDA School spearheaded a school wide drive to collect clean water for the people of Flint, Michigan during the month of March. The students, along with their teacher, went from class to class throughout the school to invite them to participate in this Christian service activity. As a result, by the close of the drive, over forty-five cases of water were brought in. Over $200 in cash donations were also raised for this effort. $117 out of the sum were contributed through the efforts of the Vice Principal Janel Tyson of the Pine Tree Academy Elementary School in Maine (NNEC), who got wind of this project through the sharing of an email to Mrs. Astrid Thomassian, Director of Education for the Atlantic Union Conference, at the request of the first grade teacher of the Bronx-Manhattan SDA School.
Special thanks are also extended to Pastor Luis Biazotto, ACS Director, GNYC for directing us to Bro. Walter Harris, a GNYC representative who has been liaising with NEC ACS in their efforts on behalf of the people of Flint. Harris informed us of the procurement of a truck which would transport water to Flint. All of these persons came together, along with parents, teachers, auxiliary staff, students, and friends of the school, to make the “Clean Water for Flint Drive” a success. We thank God for each one who participated, whether directly or indirectly, in our quest to fulfill this mission.
--Bevan C. Mc Kenna,
First Grade Teacher,
Bronx-Manhattan SDA School