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Crescent second graders fundraise to send water filters to AfricaSubmitted: 04/19/2018
Crescent second graders fundraise to send water filters to Africa
Story By Phylicia Ashley

RHINELANDER - A class of second graders at Crescent Elementary School in Rhinelander turned a lesson plan into a life lesson. The students helped provide clean water to villages in Africa after learning about pollution.

"They couldn't believe kids their age didn't have access to a faucet with running water," said Prom.

"A lot of people walk a lot of hours to get their water," said eight- year- old Ava Sadak.

The class decided to take action. They raised money for three weeks during their lunch break.


"Every time a customer came up to get cookies and lemonade it just felt great," said eight- year- old Wyatt Crowell.

"Every penny we raised went to those filters," said Prom.

The Rhinelander students learned directly from people who understand the impact the filters will have on certain countries in Africa Thursday. Members of Wild Intentional Leadership Development stopped by the school to thank the students for the 16 filters that they'll bring back to Africa and taught them about the continent.

"For us that goes way beyond what we expected," said Wild Intentional Leadership Development Regional Director Rev. Henry Mukonda.

"Feels great that we're helping people and knowing that we're providing clean water," said eight- year- old Taylor McKinney.

Prom hopes her students never forget the impact they made together and never lose the spark to help others. "Hopefully they'll continue to do this and realize their power as they get older," said Prom.

"When you're helping somebody it fills your heart and it's what you should be doing," said Crowell.

Each filter costs about $80. Wild Intentional l Leadership Development says one filter can help provide clean water to a village of about 20 people. Next year all second grade classes at Crescent want to fundraise for water filters.


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