WAMS Water Well
A Clean-Water Well in Africa
Each year, the WAMS family celebrates a book with a One Book, One School kickoff event in September. This year, we read A Long Walk to Water. Here is a summary of the book from the main character's foundation, Water for South Sudan:
Salva was born in a rural village in southwestern Sudan to the Dinka Tribe. At 11 years old, the Sudanese civil war reached his village and separated Salva from his family. He joined thousands of boys, famously known as the "Lost Boys" on their journey by foot to seek safety in a refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. After living in refugee camps for 10 years, Salva was given the opportunity to move to the United States, where he would be embraced by a family in Rochester, NY. A few years later Salva learned that his father was still alive in Southern Sudan but was suffering from a water-borne parasites and disease. This inspired Salva to help his father and his country by bringing clean water to those in need. This was the beginning of Water for South Sudan.
To support the book's message, the WAMS family will be raising money in an effort to build a clean-water well in South Sudan. One well costs $15,000 to build. Throughout the school year, we will be fundraising to achieve our goal of $15,000. Donations are always accepted, as well as the purchase of a limited-edition fused-glass suncatcher. The fused-glass suncatchers were created by a team of WAMS students during the One Book, One School event in September.
Coin drive results: September 2018
To kickoff the One Book, One School celebration, each team at WAMS collected coins in an effort to win a special activity during our event on September 28th.
Each day, students brought in coins to place in a large water jugs in their science classrooms. On Thursday, September 27th, the water jugs were counted and our amazing school, in just a few days, raised $1899.09!!!