Easthampton students to ‘Walk for Water’ at Saturday event

  • Members of White Brook Middle School’s after school club, WE WBMS, volunteer in 2017 filling backpacks with supplies to give away to local homeless youths. This year, WE WBMS along with students from Easthampton High School, Maple, and Hilltown Charter Schools will host a family-friendly 3-5 mile water walk, carrying water along the Rail Trail. Gazette File Photo

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Published: 5/10/2018 9:59:49 AM

EASTHAMPTON — On Saturday, students from four Easthampton schools will walk 3 or 5 miles carrying jugs of water to raise money and awareness about the challenges many people face in accessing clean water, both globally and here at home in the U.S.

“Every day, women and children around the world spend 200 million hours fetching water, often from sources full of dangerous contaminants,” event organizers said in announcing the event. “Every $25 raised provides one person with clean water for life in developing countries.”

During the Easthampton Walk for Water, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, walkers will carry their own jugs of water as they walk. The event was initially scheduled to be held at Millside Park, but will now be held at White Brook Middle School because rain is in the forecast. 

A notice for the event said students in Easthampton watched videos in class during the week preceding the water walk to learn about why the issue of access to clean water is important. The notice said that many people in developing countries don’t have access to clean water sources, and here in the U.S. there are between 1.3 million and 1.7 million people who do not have access to clean running water either.

There is an online fundraising page set up at www.crowdrise.com/wewbms and donations will be accepted at the event on Saturday with a goal of raising $10,000.

Funds raised will be donated to the WE Charity, an organization whose sustainable development business model encourages children to work locally and globally to create change. We Charity’s model includes the building of water systems in Kalthana, India. Funds also will be donated to Dig Deep, the Navajo Water Project, which is a nonprofit organization working to ensure that the Navajo people in New Mexico have clean running water.

Walkers will meet at 11 a.m. at White Brook Middle School and are asked to bring their own water jugs. The event is being hosted by White Brook Middle School’s after-school club, WE WBMS, in conjunction with students from White Brook, Maple Elementary, Hilltown Community Charter, and Easthampton High School who plan to don their walking shoes.

After the walk, there will be speakers discussing local and global water issues and music at a family festival. There will also be food vendors and performances by the White Brook chorus and One Flight Up jazz band.

M.J. Tidwell can be reached at mjtidwell@gazettenet.com.

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