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Nesaquake Students Walk for Awareness

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Before schools closed last month, seventh graders in Marissa LoSardo’s class at Nesaquake Middle School walked to raise awareness for the water crisis in South Sudan. This is the fourth year the school participated in the fundraising event.

As part of their ELA curriculum, the students recently read “A Long Walk to Water,” based on a true story about the need for clean water in South Sudan. During their lunch period, and with a gallon jug of water in hand, the students marched outside the school to raise money for Water for South Sudan. They collected money from family members and classmates to sponsor their walk. Members of the Community Service Club also collected donations during lunch periods.

“The message from this book resonates with the students; it’s empowering because it shows how one person can make a difference,” Ms. LoSardo said. “Walking with a gallon jug of water also helps to build empathy because students get to see what life is like in other countries.”

All the money raised will benefit the organization Water for South Sudan and is part of their Iron Giraffe Challenge. Water for South Sudan has drilled more than 400 new wells and aims to drill 40-50 new wells each year. New wells cost $15,000 but the Nesaquake students raised $955, close to their goal of $1,000, which will help rehabilitate two existing wells.