The 6th grade class at Jackson Middle School focused their first trimester on the idea that water is a global commodity and that all people deserve to have access to clean water. As part of this trimester theme, H2O for Life went to visit Jackson in early November to talk with them about the Global Water Crisis. We presented information about different places that are facing water scarcity, what groups like the UN are doing to solve these issues and encouraged the students to take action!
After reading the book “A Long Walk to Water,” they decided to take action by raising funds for a school in South Sudan. They didn’t know it at the time, but they were actually helping Salva Dut, the main character from the book they had just read and the founder of our implementing partner Water for South Sudan!
Their goal was to raise $1,500 by holding a Penny War between their classrooms. What they ended up raising was $2,793.18! These 6th graders were able to raise over $1,200 more than their goal! Since 2015, Jackson Middle School has raised over $10,000 for school water projects. We are incredibly grateful for and moved by these students. The 6th graders at Jackson are truly making a difference in their global community!