Students help those in South Sudanby WNY Catholic
ALDEN — Seventh-grade students in Allison Borth's class at St. John the Baptist School recently completed the module released by engageNY called "Journeys and Survival" in English Language Arts. Throughout the module they read the anchor text, "A Long Walk to Water."
This book discussed the hardships that Southern Sudanese people face in their everyday lives. Students were able to sympathize with the situation in Sudan through the accounts of the two main characters in the book. They learned, as they progressed through the text, that one of the characters, Salva, is a real person.
The information in Salva's stories left the students with hope. This hope grew into motivation, especially after they finished the novel and learned more about Salva's not-for-profit organization called "Water for South Sudan." After being inspired by Salva's dedication and perseverance, the students in the seventh-grade class felt a need to give back.
The students developed a variety of fundraiser ideas. The project development was done entirely on their own. Their goal was to raise at least $250 dollars, which will give 25 people in South Sudan, access to clean water. Due to the school and community's generosity, the seventh-graders were able to raise $476.
This money will be sent to Rochester, where Water for South Sudan's Organization is run and will provide clean water to 47 people. The students were very pleased with the fundraiser and that they were able to make a difference in the lives of many people.