by Danielle Wagner
CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) "Helping Mexico." That's the name of a project organized by NU High students Emily Trautmann, Anna Backstrom and Alissa Ryckert.
Emily and Anna visited Mexico during the summer as part of a mission trip through Heartland Vineyard Church in Cedar Falls.
"We saw the need down there for money so we decided to sell reusable aluminum water bottles, and we got companies to buy them first so the whole profit could be used to go down there," said Emily Trautmann.
At the end of each semester, NU High students are required to do a special project. It can be up to the students what to do, so the girls decided to keep helping Mexico.
"We wanted to keep going. We didn't want to stop when we got back. We wanted to keep helping out," said Anna Backstrom.
"It inspired me how much they wanted to help, and I wanted to get involved, too. We came up with this idea awhile back and hopefully do something helpful," said Alissa Ryckert.
The girls got people and businesses to donate money. Then they used the money, about $200, to buy the water bottles.
Next, the freshmen sold the water bottles for $5 to other students, teachers and family members.
In all, they sold more than 100 bottles and raised more than $500.
The girls plan to mail the money to the mission in Mexico to help pay for programs. And maybe even more incredible, Emily, Anna and Alissa put the project together and raised all the money in just about one week.
All three say they plan to keep paying it forward in the future.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner