This past May, Minnetonka Middle School East held its 8th annual Water Walk for Haiti. At this fun and informative service event sixth graders learned about the issue of fresh water access in Haiti. They also raised money by walking and selling various products with all proceeds going to Haiti Outreach.
This year, their ambitious goal was to raise enough money to build the community of Pos Bwadomin a water well. Pos Bwadomin is located in an area of Haiti where the closest water source requires a 90 minute walk. MME students and their families went above and beyond, shattering past records and raising enough money to build wells in two different communities- a first for any middle school!
Dale Snyder, executive director of Haiti Outreach, personally thanked MME for the tremendous support. "The money MME's 6th graders raised will provide two communities in rural Haiti with potable water for at least 20 years," said Snyder. "It is truly a revolutionary gift and has health and economic benefits that nothing else can provide. It literally saves lives."
The day included a chance for 6th grade students to hear one of 16 different guest speakers talking about their personal experience in a water impoverished country. Students also heard from Haiti Outreach about Haiti and the process it takes to bring clean water to the people. Then all 6th grade students headed outside to walk/run laps to raise money for Haiti. There was also a student created marketplace were able to buy and sell goods.MME teachers and staff were especially proud of what the students created and shared, all in the name of a good cause. "We are overwhelmed with pride,"said Rebecca Macdougal, a teacher at MME and one of the lead coordinators for the Haiti Water Walk, "by the energy and passion of our students to help our adopted community in Haiti, and by the community's support of this event."