By Megan Weitzen
Last spring Morro Bay High School’s Leadership program, along with our school’s Interact Club, spearheaded a “Coins for Clean Water” fundraiser event raising $2,400 in funds to donate to The Gravity Water Initiative. Gravity Water, a 501c non-profit, works to combine rainwater harvesting, elevated storage, and gravity-fed filtration, providing communities in developing countries with a source of safe drinking water that is on-site, self-sustaining, and 100% energy-free. Gravity Water installs their filtration systems at schools in Nepal, Vietnam, and Puerto Rico to give school children access to clean water. Morro Bay High School’s sister school, Shree Prabha, has 850 students and is located in Kartikey Deurali, Kavrepalanchowk province, Nepal.
This year, our Leadership students and Interact Club members intend to raise money through a school-wide donation event, as well as hosting an off-site event at a local Pizza restaurant. The event will feature a raffle and a silent auction, as well as benefit from a portion of the profit made that evening. It is their hope that they will continue to help schools gain access to clean and safe drinking water.
Amanda Cameli, Katherine Konjoyan, and Kaylee Garcia are attending Skills USA in Kern, California to present their philanthropic endeavors and Gravity Water fundraising project to judges in hopes of advancing to the Skills USA State competition in the Spring.