Kelly Coleman, founder of the Save the Rain foundation, spoke to Butteville Elementary students last Wednesday to kick off the Edgewood school’s annual Save the Rain coin drive, which continues through March 24.

Save the Rain builds rain water collection systems for families and communities in needy areas of Africa. Over the past few years, Butteville students’ fundraising has provided clean water to 1,600 people, according to information from the school.

Describing how she started the foundation, Coleman said, “When a problem lands in front of your feet, you have a responsibility to do something about it.”

Coleman was introduced to the Butteville student body by Builder’s Club members Leah Owen, Bailey Nathan, Haley Chapman and Guinevere Eldridge.

Butteville's Builder’s Club is asking the Edgewood and Lake Shastina communities to help them raise money for Save the Rain by dropping off spare change at the school’s front office from March 15 to 24. Teacher Lauren Miller says, “No donation is too small. Pennies are welcome. There will be a jar at the front desk for community members to drop change in. Rotary International will multiply the money we raise, which increases the number for families we can help in Africa. So far, Butteville Elementary has helped provide clean, safe drinking water to over 1,900 children and their families. So while you are spring cleaning, please get those pennies out and drop them by for Save the Rain."