Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Every day, millions of people, especially women and young girls spend the day walking to fetch water. On average, they carry 40 pounds (5 gallons) of water over six hours (3 miles) each day. In honor of Earth Day, Kimball students in grades 6-12 had the opportunity to participate in the H20 for Life Bucket Brigade Walk held at the Kimball Area High School Track Thursday, April 21. The Bucket Brigade Walk was a fundraiser and awareness activity for students. Each participant walked around the Kimball High School track 3-5 miles carrying water jugs to try and duplicate the difficult journeys taken each day by children of developing nations. Kimball Area High School is a partner with Rwamanyoni School in Uganda. The funds raised will be used to help them build and maintain water and sanitation projects at their school.
Students formed teams and collected pledges from sponsors to participate in the event. Each walker received an H20 for Life T-shirt. There was a $25 gift card to Target for the person who raised the most money and a pizza party for the top team. Student government, FFA, National Honor Society, Speech, Building Leadership Together, and 10 teams in the sixth grade were all represented, but it was "Team Awesome" who took all honors. Team Awesome, who raised more than $700 in pledges, had 24 team members representing a variety of grades at Kimball High School. The individual winner, Brittany Wittrock, raised $247.
Although the day was a little chilly, it was a fun event and the students felt good about helping the students at Rwamanyoni School have a better life.