Brooklin Village Public School students raise funds to provide clean water to countries in need.
By Sarah Racioppa and Tracy Wright
Students at Brooklin Village Public School are gaining awareness of issues affecting millions of people around the world. On April 26 the school participated in We Walk for Water – a walk around the school community to raise funds and support for the Me to We clean water initiative.
Village PS students participate in We Walk for Water.
"We're privileged," says Jacqueline Wray, teacher and organizer of the walk. Wray says the students need to be aware that the resources they have in Canada are not the same worldwide.
"Around the world there are millions of people who don't have food. They don't have sanitation, they can't go to school, and they don't have the rights that we do. We need to help them so that the world can be more of an equal place."
Grace and Lauren are Grade 7 and 8 students who are part of the school's Eco-Team that helped organize the event. When the girls heard about the lack of clean water in other places around the world, they wanted to help those communities.
"I'm always finding ways to help others and give back," says Lauren.
Setting water goals
|Top L-R: Teacher Jacqueline Wray with students Lauren, Grace — Bottom L-R: Katelynn, Cynthia and Ciel are all part of the Eco-Team.
So far, Brooklin Village PS has provided
36 people with clean water for life.
And more to come!
Brooklin Village PS, a certified platinum EcoSchool, has raised over $900 so far. That amount equates to giving 36 people access to clean water for the rest of their lives. The school's overall goal is to provide clean water to 50 people. For each $25 donated, one person is provided access to clean water for the rest of their life.
"Me to We goes in and they create boreholes in their communities where they can go and get clean water," explains Wray.
The Eco-Team created several interactive activities for students to participate in along the walk. Each activity demonstrated why water is so integral to every day life. Students carried water jugs around the track and the goal at the end was to calculate how many times the water jugs made it around.
One activity showed students the impact that global warming has on wildlife and our environment.
"There's an iceberg one to represent global warming," explains Lauren. "There's a blue tarp and you start off with six people on the tarp and each time someone gets on you start folding it to show that when icebergs melt the population around them goes down."
Wray explained the importance of teaching students early on about issues like this, "I'm hoping they gain an awareness of world social issues and learn that they can help people."