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Donations Keeping Midland Trail Elementary Students From Using The Tap

Reported: Mar. 5, 2014 12:55 PM EST
Updated: Mar. 5, 2014 2:07 PM EST
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DIAMOND, W.Va. (Taisha Walker) -- Kanawha County children returned back to school Wednesday morning. It's the first time students are in their classrooms after the water related state of emergency was lifted, and schools were told they could use tap water. But one school isn't ready to do that just yet.

Midland Trail Elementary School is still saying no to tap water. Bonita Knapp, the elementary school's PTO president, said she took to Facebook to ask the Diamond community to donate bottled water so that cooks don't have to prepare school lunch with tap water.

The response from the community was huge. In less than 24 hours, the social media post helped bring in 870 gallons of bottled water.

Lora Young, head cook at the elementary school, said the community always pulls through, especially at a time when many are still leery about using tap water.

"My trust is probably going to be like that for a long time," Young said. "But with the help of the parents, I'm OK. Now I got plenty of water to do my daily duties and we're all happy."

Knapp said the school is also providing students with two cases with 16.9 ounce sized bottles of water for drinking. The PTO president said she is optimistic the school has enough bottled water to last through the remainder of the school year.

Midland Trail Elementary was one of a few Kanawha County schools that had to close its doors early due to a strong licorice smell, which is associated with the chemical that leaked into the Elk River in January.



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