Antler Elementary receives water filtration system from St Anne’s students

Antler River Elementary School of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation has received a new water filtration system, thanks to the efforts of St Anne Catholic School students. While conducting research for a water awareness and conservation campaign, the St Anne’s Social Justice and Wellbeing Club learned that 23 Indigenous communities in Ontario have a boil-water advisory. St Anne Grade 2/3 Teacher Lori Barbato said that students felt that this was “outrageous,” and asked if there was anything they could do to help. St Anne used a $500 grant to sell reusable water bottles in order to raise funds to buy a free-standing water filtration system for Antler Elementary. St Anne students presented the filtration system to Antler Elementary during a Pow Wow. “They had a chance to talk to some of the community members there and participate in the Pow Wow, which was a really wonderful experience for my students,” said Barbato.

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