Students collect water for flood victims

Robby Phillips, 17, left, of Woodstock, and Ashley Funkhouser, 16, of Edinburg, stack cases of water outside the gymnasium area at Central High School on Friday. The pair are members of the Shenandoah County Biomedical Science Academy, which collected 200 cases of water for the town of Luckworth, North Carolina. Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK – Students of Shenandoah County Public School’s Biomedical Sciences Academy spearheaded a fundraising event to collect water for residents affected by the flooding after Hurricane Matthew hit the area.

The students in Melinda Walters’ biomedical science class spent the last week collecting water that will be transported to Lumberton, North Carolina, today. She said a friend of hers told her how Lumberton would be without water for up to four weeks and the students began thinking of ways to help.

Walters said about 200 cases of water will be sent to Lumberton.

Ashley Funkhouser, 16, of Edinburg, said they spoke with local businesses about donating water and wrote announcements for Central High School urging students to donate. They also enticed students with a free breakfast for the classroom with the most donations.

Walters, along with a few students and parents, will make the six-hour trip to Lumberton this afternoon, but she said she anticipates a longer drive because many roads are still closed in the state.

She said Costco in Winchester and Food Lion in Mount Jackson will be drop-off points for anyone wishing to donate water from 10 a.m. until noon today.

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