Book Inspires Fundraising Effort

Book Inspires Fundraising Effort
Earlier this year, each seventh-grader at P.J. Gelinas Junior High School read the book “A Long Walk to Water” and are now working with their science teachers on a fundraising effort to provide clean drinking water to children in Africa who have limited access to such resources.

After reading an article about biodiversity and humans’ impact on the environment, the students learned about a resource called “LifeStraws” that eliminates impurities from the water that is filtered through the device. Inspired by the chance to make a difference, they have been collecting spare change to purchase three of these devices for a school in Africa whereby providing children with clean water for 3-5 years.

“I had read the book “A Long Walk to Water” and it really moved me,” said science teacher Monica Gerber, who spearheaded the fundraising effort. “The two personal stories told in the book really inspired me to want to do something to help children in Africa who have limited access to clean water.”

Students have been donating their spare change in large containers throughout the multi-week drive and working to see which science class can create the heaviest container. In the spirit of competition, students could deposit dollar bills into their competitors’ containers, which would subtract small measurements off their total weight. To date, the school has raised approximately $800 for the effort.
The teachers involved in this project included Joanna Cadolino, Nicole Connelly, Lori Conrad, Iris Lin, Jillian Visser and Gary Vorwald.