Last year, a group of students in Mrs. Hudak's class, began to explore the challenge many people in our local and global communities face: How do we obtain drinking water safe enough to drink? They learned about all this through research and through reading Linda Sue Park’s biography of Salva Dut, “Long Walk to Water.” What started off as a single class project has evolved into a school-wide initiative; requiring students to apply concepts across all content areas in order to design solutions to real-world problems. This IS what it's all about. This is exactly where we want teachers to guide children's learning...equip them in using tools, each other, and collaborative partnerships to investigate, and design effective solutions to problems that exist in the world around them.
“I can’t imagine having to walk miles for water,” said student Ivana McLamb.
To raise money for the well, Rawlinson Road students have been doing a lot of different things. Each day at lunch, students sit at a table outside the cafeteria, selling water bottles and flavor packets for $1 each. They made T-shirts with the Water for South Sudan logo, they held bake sales and they’re soliciting local businesses for donations.
And they’ve become expert salespeople. ~Rachel Southmayd, Herald
Pretty amazing stuff, huh?! Knowing this project evolved from a concept the children began exploring last year makes these action steps that much more meaningful. They have truly uncovered and understand the demand of drinkable water in order to survive. Having this background knowledge inspired the sense of empathy upon learning there are places in our world that don't have this luxury. How do we create this awareness in everyone? How do we make people realize that safe drinking water is something nobody should take for granted?