POSTED: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 1:09pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 1:20pm
Tyler – First grade students, parents and teachers at Bryan C. Jack Elementary School raised enough money to fund the drilling of a fresh water well in an African village. The classes raised $5,400, surpassing their goal of $5,000, and will celebrate their accomplishment Friday, May 18 in the Jack Café from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Money raised for the project will be donated to Charity: Water, a non-profit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. All public donations directly fund water projects.
Jack first grade teacher Mrs. Anna Lee decided to take on the project after listening to the founder of Charity: Water, Scott Harrison, speak at a conference. He explained that $5,000 will build a well that will provide fresh water to 250 people who don’t have access to a clean water source.
Mrs. Lee and the team of first grade teachers at Jack integrated the project into their year-long mission to encourage students to become stronger leaders. Students in first grade classes learned that part of being a good leader is helping others who are in need. Students took that important life lesson to heart, and worked to contribute to the project.
“We had students who brought in change they collected in their piggy banks, another student opened a lemonade stand and donated all the proceeds, and one student even cleaned her grandma’s house in order to raise money,” Mrs. Lee said. “It was incredible to see our students’ generosity and compassion for helping others.”
During tomorrow’s celebration a giant check will be presented, students will learn more about how the money they helped raise will be used, and a few students will share what the project meant to them.