Dr. Patricia L. McGeehan, Bayonne Superintendent of Schools, on March 22 at the Bayonne Rotary Club’s Water Well Recognition Breakfast with Danielle Raslowsky, Student Council Coordinator of the Bayonne Public Schools; a student council member; and Chester R. Banks, the Club President.
 
Clean water is a basic need for human beings. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives. However, at least 3,000 children die each day from diseases caused by unsafe water.
 
For the 10th consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Bayonne has entered into a partnership with the Bayonne Public Schools to raise money to build water wells in countries where the need for clean, safe water is most needed. Dr. Patricia McGeehan, Superintendent of Schools addresses every school yearly, stressing the need for clean water. She asks students to imagine what it would feel like to wake up one morning and find that there is no running water to take a shower and brush your teeth. The Student Council in each school, under the direction of the building principal and Student Council Advisor, raise funds through penny wars, bucket wars, t-shirt day, jeans day, etc. The school system has raised over $54,000 over the past 10 years. This year they raised an all-time high of $7,461.40.
 
Rotarian Rev. Dorothy Patterson has been involved in a water well project in Guyana for the past seven years. She goes there several times a year to assess the needs. On March 22nd, the Rotary Club hosted a Water Well Recognition Breakfast for each Student Council President and the Student Council Advisors. 
 
A water well in Guyana. The Rev. Dorothy Patterson (in the black and purple outfit), can be seen testing the water.
 
At this breakfast, Rev. Patterson informed everyone that the people in Guyana use pond water for drinking, bathing, washing clothes. She stated “people come from 20-30 miles away from the well for clean water.” There are plans to run a system 250 feet off both sides of the current well so people do not have to walk so far. Rev. Patterson thanked each and every one for their time and resources to make this happen.
 
President Chester Banks thanked Superintendent McGeehan, Principals, Student Council Coordinator Danielle Raslowsky and all students and advisors for their hard work in helping others.
 
This story was featured in our March Newsletter.