Uganda may be on the other side of the world, but middle school students support safe water projects in Africa and are learning how important it is to have clean safe drinking water in all regions of the world.
Seventh graders walked with jugs of water to support the Ugandan Water project, carrying two 1 gallon jugs of water on a mile long walk. They were experiencing the long walks that people in other countries need to make in order to find and retrieve safe water.
English language arts teacher Jennie rook said that the book “A Long Walk to Water” made an impact on the class.
“It’s a seventh-grade event, conducted through ELA classes, because we read the book ‘A Long Walk to Water’ by Linda Sue Park,” Rook said. “The story follows one of the ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’ during the 1980s. The author writes about his life and another fictional story about a modern-day little girl who has to walk to a watering hole two hours from home every day to bring water back to her family.
“Between those two stories the kids get a picture of what life in the Sudanese desert is like.”