As the water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues, the education system is now a big concern for parents and teachers. Npr.org says that, “The percentage of children age 5 and under with elevated levels of lead in their blood had nearly doubled since the city switched its water source a year and a half earlier.”
When the superintendent of Flint Community Schools, Bilal Tawwab heard the news, he recognized that even small amounts of lead would affect the children’s behavior and intelligence. Tawwab made an important decision and kept the city’s water out of his schools. “The drinking fountains were shut off, and bottled water was brought in from across the nation.”
5,400 kids have possibly been affected by the poisonous doses of lead that Flint fed its residents for two years. In response to the present challenges, Tawwab and faculty hope to use donated money to expand the early childhood options at school for children ages 0 to 5. Those who are older would also receive behavioral help on an individual basis with the proper staffing.
An interviewer asked Tawwab how the children were responding to the news, and his response was that they are highly aware of what’s going on are many are asking questions such as, “What can I do to help myself?”
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