April 20 became one of my happiest moments this year as I discovered I was going to be a Flintern.
In the joy I felt then, I could have never anticipated the respect and appreciation that I would developed for this community of Flint, Michigan.
After being here for almost a month, I have observed their love and strength. There are so many bold, vibrant individuals who are working to bring their community together.
These people have suffered more than most, but amidst their hurt, they continue to take a stand for their dreams.
Every day, this place and the people here challenge me and teach me new things. They are my inspiration, and I'm excited to see what I'll learn from them in these upcoming months.
"They came in and they checked everything and I thought the guy said everything was all right," Harris said. "Next thing I know, these people are coming in and telling me they were going to replace my pipes. I [still] have to stop and think, can I use the water for this? Can I use the water for that? I still take my showers, I guess it's safe, and I still wash my dishes, but I'm afraid as far as food is concerned - cooking and preparing food with that water - I still can't use it. They told me to wait until they notified me. I just wonder what was the point of replacing it if I still can't use [the water]...I'm still getting the water tested." City Spokeswoman Kristin Moore said the service line was replaced at the request of Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech, who is working with the city.