As IB Students we want to find a project where we can think globally and act locally.
At Booth-Fickett, we make every effort to ensure that all students are able to learn in a safe environment. Our school community is compelled and inspired to help fellow students in need.
Brand g Vacations is a tour operator specializing in LGBT travel. My husband Troy and had the privilege to travel to Tanzania as part of a familiarization trip to determine if it would be a good fit for a Brand g Vacations tour. We were not only impressed with the country as a destination, but were also so impressed by the warmth and hospitality of the Maasai people we met. We were also incredibly moved by the stories of hardship these communities face, including the lack of easily accessible clean drinking water. I remembered having met Patty Hall from H2O for Life and wondered if they could help. I was able to introduce Engaruka to H2O and thus the start of this fundraising effort.
BRAVE Girls Leadership Inc. is a nonprofit organization that works to inspire and challenge humans to be brave and self-empowered contributors to a better world. We have recently learned about the impact that lack of clean water can have on girls and their education and love H2O for life and all it stands for. BRAVE will be organizing a "Walk for Water" at The University of Connecticut and at Island Trees High School and all nine of our BRAVE schools will participate in one of the two events in order to fundraise and raise awareness.
We are a IB School and want to give our children the understanding that being privileged should mean we ought to help those not so privileged.
While visiting this preschool for orphans this past summer, the awareness of not having access to water was right in front of me... no longer a distant concept that I heard or read about. These very sweet children, who already have so many challenges at the beginning of their young lives with having lost their parents, spend their days trying to learn at a school with a mud floor, no access to water, and a single latrine. Despite this, the children and the teachers were so happy and welcoming. I thought that this would be an ideal project and learning experience for the students of the Brisbane School District. We are fortunate enough to have easy access to clean water and sanitation facilities. This is one way to increase awareness about the water situation in other parts of the world, while helping these students and teachers have what we take for granted.
In 2017-2018 AVID 11 is organizing a set of fundraisers to purchase water filters for Puerto Rico. We have pledged to raise at least $750 through H2O for Life. They raised over $1200. Now in 2018-19, Ms. Schramm's World Studies class chose to donate to an H2O for Life project after learning about Africa in class. They voluntarily donate $100.
To celebrate February "I Love to Read" month, Buffalo Community Middle School participated in a school wide book study. The selected book was A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. BCMS students and staff developed a greater global perspective and compassion for people who face great challenges each day.
Our Green Team (Environmental leadership team) will be using a Terra Cycle chip recycling plan and other fundraising mechanisms to contribute and help these students. Our school sets in suburban Minneapolis and considers composting, the environment, and service to be key pillars to who we are at BHS.