Thursday, October 27, 2011

Stillwater Junior High School Hosts John Bul Dau

Tuesday night was a busy evening for Stillwater Junior High School.  Stillwater is located in Minnesota, and has been an H2O for Life partner for the past 3 years.  Teacher, Sara Damon, focuses on Sudan and conflict as one of her teaching modules for AP Geography.  The students read the book "They Poured Fire on us From the Sky."  They study the conflict in Sudan, and also discuss the mass exodus of the "Lost Boys". As a culminating community activity, John Bul Dau, author of the book, "God Grew Tired of Us" was invited to speak at the Junior High and spend two days in geography classrooms with the students.  Over 500 tickets were purchased for the event, and several area non-profits and a local book store also were in attendance.

John is a great story teller, and had the crowd mesmorized as he outlined his life as a youth in Sudan, a refugee, and immigrant to the US, and how he is now giving back to his native country.  He used humor, and powerful stories to engage the crowd.  Mrs. Damon has developed great curricular ideas that can be used in your classroom, and it can be found in our H2O for Life tool-kit online.

Stillwater Junior High hosted a walk for water, sold t-shirts and hosted this wonderful event to raise over $7500 so far this year wells in Southern Sudan.  But they aren't done yet!  Their goal this year is to raise $10,000 to sponsor two wells for Southern Sudan.  If you would like to help them reach their goal, make a donation online and designate, Stillwater Jr. High as the recipient.  OR.... choose a school partner, engage your school and make a difference in the world.

Congratulations Stillwater Junior High School. Your actions are changing the world.

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