Amherst Regional Middle School is a 7th and 8th grade school serving students from the towns of Amherst, Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury. We are a culturally rich, linguistically diverse, socially responsible community. Our school has approximately 440 students, organized into four different teams. Our school is grounded in middle school philosophy which emphasizes the unique needs and learning opportunities of early adolescents to approach our education with open hearts, open minds and open ARMS.
There are 4 second grade classes who are learning about water and how to be a good citizen. We are currently discussing how it is good to help those in need. This is a project that we have participated in for the last two years and look forward to sharing with the new second graders.
Contemporary Issues class at Holyoke High School is designed for students to investigate and analyze Global Issues using a Systems Thinking approach and take glocal action using sustainable solutions and in line with Human Rights, Social Justice and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Two students in class choose this project as their capstone for the class.
Ms. McGrath's first grade class has been learning a lot about Human Rights, specifically focusing on the rights of children across the world. One's right to access clean, potable water particularly affected our class. We read and listened to many stories about children, especially girls, who are unable to receive an education because they must journey to collect water for their family's survival each day. In order to get a mere glimpse into this extremely different way of life, our class went on a small journey for water. We walked to a nearby lake to individually collect cups of water, on a bitter cold day in New England. Everyone tried their best to walk back to school, without spilling a drop of water, keeping in mind that this supply is needed for health and survival. When we returned to our warm classroom, we measured the amount of water that made it back and compared it to an "Average Daily Water Usage" graph. We had not returned with enough water for even one person to survive upon for one day, let alone 23 kids. Our six and seven year old children felt strongly that they wanted a way to help make a difference in the live's of other children, who deserve the right to drink and use safe water, just like them. H2O for Life seems like a great avenue to make this hope for change, a real possibility.
We are a service learning group from North Middlesex Regional High School in North Central Massachusetts that strives to help others from all different communities as well as our own. We develop and work collaboratively on service opportunities to do around our area year-round. In May, we make a trip down to New York, NY to work with organizations and people in the city as much as we can with different projects such as soup kitchens, park cleanups, meal distribuions, and building restoration. We worked with you last year and are excited by the idea of being able to help people from a community that is drastically different from our own. We are also happy to be able to do something that would make such a positive change in peoples lives. It is one of the greatest opportunities we have found to be able to help others.