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Sixth Graders Raise Nearly $2,000 for Clean Water

Sixth Graders Raise Nearly $2,000 for Clean Water
All 6th graders at SMS recently worked on the Academic Service Learning project, "A Fresh Water Perspective." Students learned about the global problem of access to safe drinking water, taught their community about this global problem, and then took action through a PJ & hat day to collect donations toward the purchase of Sawyer Water Filters to be installed in Honduras. Students researched, designed presentations, created posters, and developed public service announcements.

Our community partner for this project is Helping Hearts Helping Hands. This is a nonprofit organization that helps communities in Honduras with access to food, clothing, medicine and clean water. Helping Hearts Helping Hands will install the Sawyer filters in homes and schools, and one filter has the potential of bringing water to hundreds of people.

Between our PJ & hat day fundraising and donations that came in earlier, 6th grade students raised over $1,800! This is enough money to purchase 12 filters! This total will increase as more donations come in and the coin collections that individual families collected are counted.

Sashabaw Middle School sixth graders are world changers and they are AMAZING!

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of more than 7,500 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in students a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors to a global society.

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