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Chester ES walk raises money for access to clean water

Chester ES walk raises money for access to clean water

Monday, April 11, 2016
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

A Grade 1/2 class at Chester Elementary School organized a walk to raise money and awareness about the importance of global access to clean water. The small but mighty class of 20 six and seven year olds raised $700. 

“It all started with a read aloud,” said teacher Cristina Fowler.  “Students absolutely loved the book Hope Springs, by Eric Walters.”  The story is about an orphan named Boniface who lives in a small rural village in Kenya.  After hearing the story, Chester students wondered why the boy had to walk to get water.  “This led to some inquiry-based activities regarding water access around the world,” added Fowler. “We learned about local issues related to water and also about those living in countries around the world.  

That was when students came up with the idea of a water walk. They could not believe that there were children who could not attend school because they had to walk for hours to get clean water. Students wrote letters to the orphanage where Boniface lives and made announcements raising awareness about the issues of water access. “They painted banners, raised money and organized the entire water walk,” said Fowler.

On March 30, students held their walk, carrying containers as they made their way through the community. They met at a local water spot, waited their turn to get water, and then returned to the school where they discussed the initiative.  

Students said that they felt empowered by the entire experience. “They now realize how much they can change the world,” noted Fowler, “and they have come to believe there is truth to a quote in Hope Springs: ‘when they give water, they give life.’”

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