Walking for understanding

Sunshine, wet shoes, huge smiles, and warm hearts . . . the Water Walk is a lesson about how much of the world’s population must haul water every day.  The lesson underscores to students how lucky we are to have clean, accessible drinking water by simply turning on a tap!

It’s also taught in a way that means most students who take part probably won’t forget!

Students from around the district who participated were grade 4-5 students from South Broadview and Hillcrest, grade 6 students from Shuswap Middle, and grade 4-5 students from Kings Christian.  For about an hour, they looked like a long line of busy ants scurrying up and down the hill, hauling their buckets down to the pond near Okanagan College, and then lugging the water back up to South Broadview Elementary where it was poured into giant tanks.

“Makes it real doesn’t it,” was one of the comments an adult volunteer made to a group of students carrying their second bucket of water up the hill and back to South Broadview Elementary.

Some students made 12 trips and some were not able to make quite so many. Some students gave a helping hand to others who were struggling with spilling or the weight of the buckets.

The Water Walk, which is organized by teachers Earl Dodds and Janu Smith, is also a fundraiser for Toonie Tuesday and raised $5,780.  The proceeds will be used to assist the school district’s Toonie Tuesday drive.

Toonie Tuesday is a fundraising day which is held across the school district. Each student and staff member is encouraged to donate $2 to help with global and local projects.

The district leadership group has once again chosen to support Free the Children’s “Adopt A Village” program and will be supporting a village in Tanzania.

Free the Children is a charity and educational partner that empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active citizens, locally and globally. Their holistic and sustainable “Adopt a Village” model has provided over 650 school buidings and school rooms to youth and has also provided clean water, health care, and sanitation to one million people around the world, freeing children and their families from the cycle of poverty (more information about Free the Children and We Day is available at http://www.freethechildren.com).

Some of the funds raised are also set aside for local charitable projects. Schools can apply for seed money for student-driven projects. The District’s “Me to We” Student Leadership group decide which projects will receive funding and how much each project will receive.


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