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Edmond elementary students dressing up for a cause

BY LESLIE SINGLETON Modified: January 22, 2009 at 5:11 am •  Published: January 22, 2009
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Students at West Field Elementary School, part of the Edmond School District, are again using a dress-up day to raise money for a worthy cause.

Friday, students can pay $1 to dress in their favorite sporting attire. The money will go to Hearts & Hands International and the Water Is Life Foundation.

Hearts & Hands International is a nonprofit organization started by Ken and Nita Surritte. Nita Surritte is a prekindergarten teacher at West Field. When the school became aware of Ken Surritte’s trip to Africa in December and the water sticks he was delivering, the students and staff decided to help.

The Water is Life water sticks are large drinking straws that can be used for up to one year to make water safe for children and families. Last week the students were able to witness the filter straws in action. Will Rhoads, a West Field parent, and the owner of Tropical Tea Co., which donates a portion of each purchase to the Water is Life Foundation, volunteered to demonstrate the straws for the students. He made a concoction of water, glitter, dog food, dirt and grass and drank it through the straw.