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Loose change adds up to help a good cause

April 1, 2014

seventh-graders involved in the project
Seventh-graders raised $220 for Water for Sudan, a non-profit organization bringing life-sustaining water to remote villages in South Sudan. They were inspired to help after reading an English novel on the topic.

A group of seventh-graders are doing their small part—one coin at a time—to help individuals in South Sudan obtain clean drinking water.

Students in Mrs. Cotugno-Surin, Ms. Dagostino and Mrs. Kvam's English classes are donating $220 to Water for South Sudan, a non-profit organization bringing life-sustaining water to remote villages in the country. Change was collected by students during and after-school as well as at recess.

Students were inspired to help the region after reading A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Clark, as part of an English assignment.

"As students read the book, they focused on the strength of the human spirit and how we as individuals, can make a difference in the world," said Cotugno-Surin.   

The novel is based on the true story of Water for South Sudan's founder, Salva Dut, and a fictional character, Nya. It teaches readers about the harship of war and lack of clean water. The people of South Sudan have no choice but to walk many miles to get drinking water, and the water they often find can be contaminated with parasites and bacteria that can cause fatal diseases.