I love linking up to a wonderful celebratory community, inspired by Ruth Ayres, every Saturday!
You might know, if you follow my blog or follow me on social media, that I was so inspired by Linda Sue Park's A Long Walk to Water when I read it in the summer of 2013, that I collaborated with blogging friend, David Etkin, and a colleague at school, Tracy Kleis, and we started #ReadWalkWater - a social action plan with our 6th graders to help bring clean water to South Sudan. David and I blogged about it on the Nerdy Book Club blog. His school started working with the Ugandan Water Project, and Columbia Intermediate teamed up with Water for South Sudan, Inc. This past fall was our third annual #ReadWalkWater event. Together with the kids, the community, the staff, and Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson (a parent approached Tracy with a grant opportunity with Ethicon), we've raised over $35,000.
Last week, we learned some amazing news! Columbia Intermediate is the first school in the world to win the Iron Giraffe Super Challenge (raising over $25,000 in the 2014-2105 and 2105-2016 school years). The grand prize is a visit from Salva Dut in March!! On March 29th, he will visit the 6th graders at our school. He will also present at the junior high, since the current 7th and 8th graders were involved in our first two walks. We are also planning a Rotary breakfast, a luncheon, and an evening community event. We are so honored to be blessed with a visit from such an inspirational man. It's so exciting to know that Kings Local Schools students have made an amazing positive impact on the world, and they will get to meet real-life A Long Walk to Walk character and founder of Water for South Sudan, Salva Dut!
It's so exciting to see photos of Columbia Intermediate 6th graders in Linda Sue's TEDxBeaconStreet video below: