March, April and May have certainly been the months that have seen the greatest numbers of water walks for H2O for Life. H2O suggested walking on April 16th to collaborate with Global Youth Service Day, and many schools were able to join us. We have heard results from many schools, and so far, schools have raised over $70,000 for water- just by walking! Incredible.
On Saturday, April 21, Patty Hall, H2O for Life President, flew into DC to attend the HB Woodlawn walk for water at Potomac Overlook Park. The weather was gorgeous, the trail run was fantastic, and over 300 runners turned out for the event. HB students, faculty and an energetic parent group organized the event. It was a "real" race venue. Runners had official times, and prizes were awarded for many categories. The real winners are the students at Baliarpur School in Bangladesh, and HB's partner school in Haiti. Close to $14,000 was raised by the first annual HB Woodlawn run/walk. The partner schools will recieve water, sanitation an hygiene education thanks to the efforts of the students. What a treat to see one of our schools in action. Kudos to teacher Cecelia Allen for her dedication and inspiration to her school.
Two weeks ago, Rockford School in Minnesota, hosted a walk for water and a carnival. They successfully raised over $11,000. Not only are walks successful, but they also give students and others the opportunity to "feel" the distance that others walk multiple times daily for water. Students may also gather donations from family and friends, which ultimately helps the school reach their funding goal for their partner school. At Rockford, students were challenged to EACH raise $30 to walk. 240 students achieved that goal.
Centerville Elementary School in Minnesota raised over $2900 over the course of the year by sponsoring several engaging events, while teaching about the water crisis. Their culminating event ended with their principal- a really good sport- being "slimed" with something green and gooey. (see the video on our facebook and youtube page) The great news- he asked the kids why they were doing the activity, and most hands went up with the answer- to help our partner school have water.
Every penny, nickel, dime and dollar that is raised by schools makes a difference. Whether your project raises five dollars or five thousand dollars, we hope that kids are learning about the water crisis, and are realizing that they can change the world.
Enjoy springtime. The school year is winding down. Don't forget about H2O for Life. Drop us an email, and commit to your project for next fall. We'll work through the summer to gather all the materials that you need when you return to school after the break.
Thanks for all that each and everyone of you are doing. We can change the world, and we can do it by providing a needed water, sanitation and hygiene education intervention one school at a time.