On Friday, March 22nd, World Water Day, CIS held its second annual Walk for Water event for South Sudan. Leading the awareness project over eight days, Grade 7 students organized a "Drop in the Bucket" coin drive, wherein students were invited to "sabotage" coin totals with bills. During Friday's event, students held a Bake Sale to further help raise their $1,000 goal for the building of wells in South Sudan.
Inspired by Linda Sue Park's A Long Walk to Water, students worked hard to raise awareness about this global issue which affects countless communities around the world. During their Walk for Water, Grade 7 students painted fingernails blue for donations, calculated water usage for participants, and encouraged others to carry textbooks that mimic the weight of water that our South Sudanese peers need to carry each day for drinking water – even if the water is unsafe to drink. With the sobering knowledge that every 90 seconds a child dies from a lack of clean water - our Water Walk steps symbolized a wish in making a difference to change that. And the CIS community has done that, by raising $1706.86 together!
Our contribution will impact many lives by building new wells and bringing sanitation and hygiene to communities who need it. CIS will also be entered in a special draw whose prize is to talk directly with Salva Dut, co-founder of Water for South Sudan. Thank you to everyone who helped us reach (and surpass!) our $1,000 goal for this year's Walk for Water project!