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WCS seventh graders raise money for “Water for South Sudan”
Seventh graders at Walton Central School recently raised money for the cause Water for South Sudan.

The organization ties into the seventh-grade curriculum as they had read the novel “Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park. The book tells the story of Salva Dut Ariik, who is from South Sudan, and the hardships he endured as a refugee due to the civil war. 

Water For Sudan, Inc., which is the organization the seventh graders raised money for, has been drilling wells in South Sudan since 2005. This has profoundly affected the lives of more than 500,000 people. Each well provides more than fresh, safe water. Once a well is in a village, children can spend their days in school, and mothers can spend more time planting and harvesting more nutritious food for their families. Also, villagers can make bricks to build permanent structures. Whole villages also set up markets to increase the economy. 

Walton’s students raised $1,420, which went well past the original goal of $500. Students walked three miles on the track at Walton, which signified how some people must walk up to eight hours each day for water. 

The class also took part in the Iron Giraffe Challenge. That puts the school in the running for a visit from Salva Dut, who is the founder of the organization. 

For a gallery of photos, please see below. Also attached below is an audio file of four students and teacher Holly Lattimer, who were interviewed on WDLA about the project. 
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