The Fifth Grade participated in the 4th Annual Walk for Water on Friday morning. Students walked, or in many cases ran, as many laps as they could around the track at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Stadium to raise money for Water for South Sudan, a non-profit organization that provides access to clean, safe water.
The organization was founded by Salva Dut, one of Sudan’s Lost Boys who was adopted by an American family and remembered that one of the biggest challenges in his home country is a lack of clean water. His story was told in A Long Walk to Water, a book that the Fifth Grade read in the beginning of the school year.
Students also had the opportunity to Skype with the award-winning Newbery author of the book, Linda Sue Park, to learn more about writing and this culture and cause. This interaction aided in the development of brochures that students used to educate friends and family in order to solicit pledges. The class also held a bake sale during lunch on Wednesday, which raised over $200 for Water for South Sudan.
Friday’s walk was the culmination of a semester’s study of Africa with a specific focus on South Sudan, helping to weave together the many lessons about global awareness and appreciation of other cultures. Thank you to the parents who came to Hopkins to walk, cheer, and give support as our students walked laps around the track!