2 area Christian schools raise $10,000 for drinking water
A recent effort by two schools in the Christian Alliance School District saw students and staff participate in a 6K to raise money for clean water in underdeveloped countries,
The worldwide event is called Global 6K for Water, sponsored by the non-profit organization World Vision Ignite in Washington, D.C.
Two local Christian District schools – West-Mont Christian Academy in North Coventry and Berks Christian School in Birdsboro – held three fundraising events.
Friday’s first event was for middle schoolers at Berks Christian School in Birdsboro.
The school recorded 100% attendance from grades 6 to 8, with just over 30 children and staff running or walking to raise funds to provide clean water to children and families in developing countries. The students designed the course themselves and turned it into a fun colorful race.
This special event, held on the school campus, consisted of a few brainstorming stations where students learned about the need for clean water and the benefits it brings to families by providing health and restoring the time it would normally take to fetch water, allowing parents to seek income opportunities and children to learn.
The other two events took place on Saturday May 21 – one at Reading City Church in West Reading and the other at West-Mont Christian Academy.
Each event was made up of around 40 participants, all of whom braved the oppressive heat to come together for a worthy cause. Walkers and runners of all ages covered the six kilometers – the distance people in developing countries typically walk each day to fetch often impure water.
In total, Alliance students achieved their goal of raising $10,000. Next year the schools plan to expand participation and raise even more.
The Global 6K is just one aspect of the partnership between Alliance Christian School District and World Vision Ignite that helps students become leaders who live their faith to have a positive and lasting impact on the world.
Through Ignite, students are also getting involved in their community, and to that end, West-Mont 6th graders recently held a “Buckets of Blessings” event to collect and distribute hygiene items to people in dire straits. homelessness in the region. To collect items to fill the buckets, the students held a talent show and requested the donation of a hygiene item for admission.