Creekers respond to call for water donations for students



Crystal Mata organized a water drive for students in the Swartz Creek Community Schools. The community responded with 80 cases of water for all seven schools. Courtesy photo

Crystal Mata organized a water drive for students in the Swartz Creek Community Schools. The community responded with 80 cases of water for all seven schools. Courtesy photo

SWARTZ CREEK — What started out with a chance comment turned into a successful water drive that will help keep Swartz Creek kids hydrated during the school day.

Crystal Mata, of Clayton Township, said she overheard that students at Swartz Creek Middle School were forgetting to take their water bottles to school.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, public drinking fountains have been shut down. There are bottle filling stations in the schools, but the thing is, the kids have to remember to take their own bottles to school.

If they forget, the only chance they have to hydrate is during lunch, and only if they drink milk, Mata said.

“So, I saw a need, and I wanted to fill it,” Mata said. “I originally was doing it at the Middle School and buying it all myself. But then, I thought, it has to be a districtwide issue, so why not ask our wonderful community to help donate to our students.”

Mata put the word out over social media, and within days, parents and others had donated 80 cases of water for all seven school buildings.

“After I started collecting cases of water, the district got water to sell at lunch,” Mata said. “The water I donated is not being used to sell at lunch. Students should be able to ask any teacher or office personnel for a bottle.”

When the supply runs out, Mata said, she will organize another collection if the need remains.