Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's THIRSTday! A Long Walk To Water Giveaway Winners Announced!

 Thank you to David Etkin for starting this meme on his blog, {Eat the Book}. Today is Thursday THIRSTday: A beverage and a book.  But it's not just an ordinary #THIRSTday post - it's a post on A Long Walk to Water goings-on.  Thank you, @DavidAEtkin, for being a great collaborator on a project that promises to be super exciting!
With no further ado, the WINNERS of the A Long Walk to Water books are:
( I found out today that Kim's building's entire 5th grade will be reading the book and doing the walk in November!  They're going to donate the gallons of water to the local food pantry after the walk.  Isn't that a GREAT idea?!)
You will be getting books from me ASAP!  BUT, that's not all!  I was inspired by a few other entrants who were excited about the book and project and who are planning things in their buildings.  SOOOO...I'm going to send you books, too!
Look for these books in the mail soon, and I hope you will share your projects when you do them!
     Just a couple days ago, after reading chapter seven, I shared a couple images from David Etkin's book guide, and we watched the video of "Water Changes Everything."  I didn't say much to the kids, but a conversation started after the concern I saw on their faces.  The next day, a group of girls came to my room and wanted to talk to me.  After watching the video and hearing the book so far, they were inspired to do something and already had ideas of how to raise money to build wells in Africa!  I had goose bumps listening to them.  I loved that they took ownership and were motivated before I even told them that there was a plan on the horizon.  Today I actually had to deal with a little tension because there were so many kids getting on board, that the original girls were feeling a little overwhelmed and needed help!  I told them to all step back a bit, that we do have a plan in place, and we can't wait to use their ideas, but adult supervision will be needed.  So a cautionary tale:  kid WILL be moved by this issue, so be prepared to guide them!!  One of the girls gave me permission to share her journal entries that she wrote the evening I showed the video.

I loved that this sixth grader found the African Proverb, "If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together."  Isn't that beautiful?


  1. Oh my gosh! I am psyched! Thank you so much, Holly! I can't WAIT to read this out loud to my class and to begin the project!

  2. It is so touching to read your student's journal and to know that she has discovered the great good fortune and blessing of something as simple as water from the tap. It's an important reminder to be grateful for all that we have in this precious life and country. To see her want to share her gifts is even more wonderful!