By SHERI GASSAWAY
St. Charles – Sometimes the smallest gesture can make the biggest difference. That was the case earlier this month when members of the Tri-County Labor Club delivered 20 cases of bottled water to help students at Discovery Elementary School.
Aside from the mandatory shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the school has continued to hold in-person classes. However, all of the school’s drinking fountains had to be turned off as a precautionary measure for students.
“The teachers were bringing bottled water for the students so they wouldn’t have to use cups at the school’s water filling stations,” said Club President Joe Mueller. “We thought this would be a good way to give back to the district.”
Discovery is part of the Orchard Farm School District. Two members of the Tri-County Labor Club serve on the district’s Board of Education – former state Representative Kenny Biermann (D-St. Charles) and Eric Williams, a member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562.
“As a district, there is a lot we can provide for the schools, but sometimes the little things like this fall between the cracks,” Biermann said.
Sarah Gutierrez, the school’s assistant principal, was grateful for the Dec. 2 donation.
“I can’t even tell you how much we appreciate this,” she said. “I know it sounds like just a little thing, but we are very thankful.”
This isn’t the first time the club has helped students at the school. Last year, it paid off the remaining balance of the school’s free and reduced lunch program.