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Williams Middle School Students’ Fundraiser Aims to Bring Clean Water to South Sudan

(ROCKWALL, TX — November 5, 2019) Williams Middle School students are participating in a project to help bring clean water to the people of South Sudan.

After students of Williams Middle School 7th grade English teacher Sherri Nichols read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park for their class, they were tremendously touched by the true story. Student Lauren Clayton was so moved by it that she felt compelled to action.

“She came home and she told me, ‘Mom, I just really feel like I need to do something to help these people who don’t have clean water,'” said Alison Clayton.

Alison suggested that Lauren talk with Mrs. Nichols about doing a fundraiser. Mrs. Nichols was very receptive to the idea, and the project spouted from there. She had her students make posters, letters and flyers to kick-start the fundraiser, known as the Iron Giraffe Water Challenge, on Oct. 28. They aim to raise $15,000 for Water for South Sudan (WFSS), an organization started by the novel’s main character Salva Dut. WFSS provides clean, safe water to areas of great need in South Sudan through water wells. The wells they build resemble giraffes, hence the name of the school project.

The fundraiser will run through Nov. 20. According to the fundraiser website, the students have raised $1,709 so far. To donate to the cause visit the website at classy.org/team/261760.

By Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News.

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