7th Grade Water Challenge!

posted Mar 13, 2015, 10:16 AM by Sylwia Jasinski   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 8:56 AM ]

7th Grade Water Challenge!

7th grade students at John J. Pershing who are reading A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park are participating in The Water Challenge.  The premise of this nonfiction novel is the lack of clean drinking water in the South Sudan.  Students are helping to raise funds to build a clean water drinking well in the areas of the South Sudan that are stricken by a lack of natural resources.  If enough money is raised, the name of our school will be engraved on that water well.

Students are able to participate in one of two ways.  First, students can simply donate any amount of coins/change into a gallon water container.  Second, students can elect to use the money they would have spent on non-water drinks as a donation, and instead drink water from their homes.  Many students are trying the latter option.  Students enter class with considerable enthusiasm, change in hand, and ready to donate what they can for those in need.

Dr. Melucci and the 7th grade ELA teachers are extremely proud of these students.  Unlike other school challenges or contests, there is no tangible prize such as a pizza party or movie day.  Instead, students are building their intrinsic motivation and practicing this act of kindness while asking for nothing in return.  Many students have expressed that the “prize” is to feel good inside for helping those in need, no matter how far away they may live. 

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