Police, students, and local companies come together for "Project Hydrate"
Surprise, AZ (August 31, 2015) On August 17, 2015, Officer Wendy Klarkowski, a Surprise Police Officer currently assigned as the school resource officer (SRO) at Shadow Ridge High School, learned about a severe water bottle shortage occurring at the St. Mary’s Food Bank. Extreme temperatures and a water contamination situation on the Navajo Reservation have led to the current shortage.
As a result Officer Klarkowski, members of the SRO Coin Challenge and Student Council at Shadow Ridge created "Project Hydrate". When "Project Hydrate" began, the group set a goal to collect 5,000 bottles of water and set a deadline for collection on August 31, 2015. Recently, the group counted the bottles of water and are happy to announce they have collected over 15,000 water bottles; tripling their original goal. Their success is due in part to three major donations, coming from parents of Shadow Ridge students who work for the following companies; Walmart (1,920 bottles), Target (3,744 bottles), and an anonymous local company (3,864 bottles). On Wednesday, September 2, 2015 a representative from St. Mary’s Food Bank will pick-up the donation from "Project Hydrate".
"Project Hydrate" and all the volunteers hope this donation will help relieve some of the effects of the current water shortage. Also, Shadow Ridge High School recently issued a challenge to Dysart High School, Willow Canyon High School, and Valley Vista High School to meet or exceed their donations and provide more aid to the St. Mary’s Food Bank and the Navajo Reservation in their time of need.