Pottstown Readers Replicate Miles for Water

Pottstown Readers Replicate Miles for Water

A SUCCESSFUL WALK FOR WATER – Students in the Pottstown Middle School fifth-grade class of teacher Christine Hall (at top and below) beat their own walk-athon fund-raising goal this month, and succeeded in attracting more than $1,600 in donations to support building a well that will bring clean water to a village in the Sudan, North Africa. The class was inspired by a book it read, “A Long Walk to Water,” by author Linda Sue Park. It described how Sudanese villagers must walk miles carrying water cans to meet daily needs for drinking and washing. That’s “a convenience the students enjoy by simply turning on a sink faucet,” Hall observed. So instead of sleeping in on a cold Saturday, they solicited contributions to build the well, and then used the surface of a Pottstown track to replicate the miles trekked by villagers. They set a $1,000 goal, and crushed it. “I am very proud of our students who were moved to action,” Hall said. “They gave of themselves to help make a difference in the lives of people they may never meet.”

Pottstown Readers Replicate Miles for Water

Photos from the Pottstown School District

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