Walk for Water

These seventh graders mustered up some strength to walk more than two and a half miles carrying heavy jugs of water, all with the purpose of helping those across the globe.

After learning about poverty and lack of clean water in Africa, students at Jefferson Junior High Decided to do something about it. So they pledged to raise at least $2,500 for the charity H20 for Life.

“I wanted to participate because I knew we had the chance to help kids around the world who are less fortunate than we are,” said Jaime Lorenzen. “A lot of people have bad images of teenagers and what they do and they’re not always helpful so this is our chance to show we could something good in the world.”

The walk around the school – known as “Walk for Water” is one of the ways students are raising funds for washing stations, a clean drinking water source and sanitary bathrooms at Gakui Primary School in Kenya.

“We realized that 1 in 5 kids don’t make it to their fifth birthday and that’s largely due to lack of clean water and water-related illnesses,” said social sciences teacher Chris Heffernan. “The idea that 20% of all kids don’t make it to their fifth birthday – and we talked about how a four year-old should never half to have a bucket list – that’s what I think really spoke to the kids.”

“I’m glad to see so many of my friends that are happy to be doing this. I think it’s a good cause I’m glad that they’re by my side,” said Elise Irvine.

During the walk some carried a five-gallon jug on their head and some carried small jugs of water by hand. But whatever their method, it gave them an idea of what women and children in Africa do daily.

“Most people have to carry more than 3 miles from a well to their houses so we wanted to tap into what their lives were like and get a glimpse of what they do on a regular basis,” said Michael Bruebach.

25 students have given up their lunchtime at least twice a week for the past six weeks to organize this fundraiser.

“I’ve been really blown away number one, by the fact that they came up with this idea and really committed to it, but [also] the fact that they were so giving of their time and willing to do whatever they could to make a difference in the world somewhere,” said Heffernan.

The students have also organizing a Ping-Pong tournament to raise additional money for the cause.

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