Students Raised $6,000 for South Sudan
Fourth and fifth graders at Daniel Bagley Elementary School who raised $6,000 for non-profit organization Water for South Sudan (WFSS) recently got to meet WFSS Founder Salva Dut after Dut flew from Sudan to Seattle to say thank you.
Inspired by the book A Long Walk Walk to Water which tells the story of Dut, students decided to start their own fundraiser campaign to help drill wells to provide clean drinking water for Sudanese families. The money raised also helped students win WFSS' Iron Giraffe Challenge.
In 1985, Dut, then just 11 years old, was one of the 17,000 "Lost Boys of Sudan" who fled Sudan during that country's two-decade civil war. SPS spoke with Dut during his visit.
Here's more information on Water for South Sudan and the Iron Giraffe Challenge.
Here's more information on Daniel Bagley Elementary School and the book that inspired students, A Long Walk to Water.