In the fifth annual “Walk for Water,” Loveland Intermediate School students walked 1.2 miles carrying gallon-sized jugs of water and raised money to increase access to clean water in Africa. 

Sixth grade students at Loveland Intermediate School carry out annual #TigerCare tradition

Loveland, Ohio – On Friday, October 19, the sixth graders at Loveland Intermediate School (LIS) walked 1.2 miles carrying gallon-sized water jugs in their annual “Walk for Water,” which raises awareness and benefits the building of water wells in South Sudan.

“This was our fifth annual ‘Walk for Water’ event,” said LIS English Teacher Jennifer Kirby. “The event coincides with our reading of A Long Walk to Waterby Linda Sue Park, a true story about the limited access to clean water in Africa. While the image of our students carrying water is symbolic, it does represent the real water crisis situation in East-Central Africa and many other places in the world.”

In addition to donating nearly 400 gallons of water to Matthew 25: Ministries, the students collected money for the “Iron Giraffe Challenge” to fund repairs and replacements of well drilling equipment, as well as additional money that will be used to sponsor a brand new well.

“Four wells have already been drilled in the name of Loveland Intermediate School in landlocked South Sudan,” said Kirby. “The students are really moved by the story of Salva, the main character in the book, and want to help in any way they can. They know that their contributions will make a real difference for the children in African villages.”

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