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LSU teams up with organizations off and on campus in efforts to help out Flint

Cases of bottled water line the hallways of John Adams High School. Photo Credit/Gabriela Gil

Cases of bottled water line the hallways of John Adams High School.
Photo Credit/Gabriela Gil

By: ALICIA FLORES
Staff Writer
aaflores@umail.iu.edu

The contaminated water crisis in Flint has brought students together in an effort to help out a city in need.

The Latino Student Union (LSU) has teamed up with John Adams High School to take donations of bottled water to Flint, Mich., in effort to assist in the water crisis.

“It all started with Savino Rivero, head of Adams International Student Organization reaching out to us,” said freshman Gabriela Gil. “My sister and I were both Adams graduates and were once a part of the ISO there. So we knew Savino.”

Gil is secretary of LSU. Her sister Yadira Gil is currently the president.

Knowing the sisters were part of an organization at IUSB, Rivero reached out to see if they would be willing to help.

“We were more than happy to help,” said Gil. “It was nice being able to help a community in need. We know we can not have much effect globally, but if we are able to help anywhere nearby, then it is a great thing.”

So far LSU has delivered around 40 cases of water to Adams High School but they are not the only organizations on campus making deliveries.

“We reached out to the Black Student Union and Political Science Club to see if they wanted to get involved. So it really has been a team effort,” said junior Roberto Leal. Leal is vice president of LSU “The Brothers Program at Adams has also been involved,” said Leal.

The organizations have been dropping off their donations at different times. So the total number of donations from IUSB students is unknown.

The date of accepted donations was extended another week due to the drive doing so well, said Leal. Adams is scheduled to deliver the donations to Flint by the end of this week.

In addition to their efforts for Flint, LSU was also busy conducting their Annual Carnation Sale. The proceeds go towards their annual Cedar Point trip.

The trip gives students a chance to enjoy the day at Cedar Point at a discounted price.

“We are trying to raise more money this year to make it even cheaper for everyone,” said Leal. The trip takes place in May and is open to any IUSB student. More details on the trip will be announced on the group’s Facebook page as it gets closer.

LSU is an organization open to any IUSB student. Their goal is to promote diversity and Hispanic culture here on campus and in the community. They recently had some changes with their executive board with a new board being selected last fall. The new positions were taken on this past October.

The crisis in Flint is believed to be due to city officials switching the city’s water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Residents of the city have suffered from this switch with the water being polluted and corrosive. The corrosive water then began to carry lead from the old pipes leading to this state of emergency. Efforts are being made to resolve this issue.

 

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