Last school year, an amazing 7th grade class from Texas supported our Water For Life project. We had the chance to talk to their inspiring teacher about the thoughts behind their generous act!
Q: Hi Dr. Rebecca Sam! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: I am a 7th grade teacher at TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas, located in San Antonio. Many people do not realize it, especially children, but water is a very important resource here in Texas. I do a lot of work regarding water awareness in the classroom with my students, especially touching on worldwide water issues.
Q: How did you inspire your students to get involved with our Water For Life project?
A: We watched the video on your website about the wells in Chad, and my students became very emotional. There were some tears and the consensus was “We HAVE to do something to help!” (I’ll admit, this is exactly how I hoped they would respond!)
Q: We heard you used several different tactics throughout the school to spread awareness – tell us about them!
A: Father Michael Koehler, the Middle School Chaplain, and I wanted to make this a very meaningful experience for everyone, so he suggested that we plan to have the 7th graders do a Water Walk during our school’s Green Day (environmental awareness day). This would build awareness both among the 7th graders themselves and the other students on campus. All of the students had so much fun with this! We made it a little competitive for them, and they even experienced what it was like to carry water in buckets for a long distance to their families that day. The entire day had a huge impact on everyone.
The 7th grade then sponsored a $5 Free Dress Day to raise money. Since TMI is a uniform school, students will jump at any chance to free dress. They raised quite a bit and then we sent it off!
Thank you for all that your organization does. It really touched our hearts and we are so happy to be able to help in a small way.
Thank YOU, Dr. Sam! We hope your class is extremely proud of themselves for supporting such an important cause. If anyone else wants to help get clean water flowing in other communities, please visit our website, and stay tuned for our newest water campaign: Coffee Meets Water!