Editor’s Note: The following is a letter written by Tracy Goodrich, a parent from the town of Enfield.

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To whom it may concern,

As you are well aware, we families with children, spouses and friends at the Enfield Elementary School in Tompkins County, the ICSD, have been having a serious problem with high lead levels in not only our school, but at other schools as well. Some organizations were very generous and had donated some bottled water already. For that we are extremely grateful.

The school district is now providing bottled water at the school and is attempting to solve the ongoing problem of high lead levels in the water. There are water stations are at multiple locations all over the school.

What we are looking for, asking for, is a donation of re-usable water bottles for the children and the staff. If we can secure 300 bottles, we would be able to provide one bottle to every child AND every staff member at Enfield Elementary School. There would even be a few left over in the event a child lost or damaged the original bottle they received.

The children would be able to decorate or mark their OWN water bottle, to refill and use until this water issue is resolved. This would also be of assistance so there is never a shortage of water cups (currently being provided but sadly I don’t know if that will always be the case).


We are just a family with children enrolled at Enfield elementary. It is easy enough to do “just for our child(ren)” or “just their class”. We are hoping to provide for our SCHOOL, so no child has to do without. The only request I do have is that they would be BPA free if you are able to donate plastic ones, or metal bottles are fine as well.

Anything you are able to do would be greatly appreciated.

After looking into this a little further, we are expanding our little goal. Our goal is to now get a reusable bottle into the hands of every child and staff member in the Ithaca City School District!

I’m sure I speak for parents and taxpayers alike, that we would rather have the money go to fixing the problem, not for paper water cups the kids are instructed to throw out after every use (per OSHA rules).

Anything you can contribute to this would be great! If you would prefer to make a cash donation, we are going to be buying some as well, maybe making them individual to each school(Enfield Elementary, South Hill, etc).

If you need any further information or have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact either Greg or myself. Thank you so very much for your time and consideration.

Tracy and Greg Goodrich

Tracy 607-227-1699 email sully143@aol.com

Greg 607-592-9461 email grgoody@gmail.com


(Photo: Steven Depolo on Flickr)

Michael Smith

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