Fourth-graders raise money to drill wells Fourth-grade students at Indian Ridge Elementary have formed an organization called Aqua Army to raise …
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Fourth-graders raise money to drill wells
Fourth-grade students at Indian Ridge Elementary have formed an
organization called Aqua Army to raise money to drill water wells
in Niger, Africa, and improve Colorado’s watershed.
The group’s global mission is to raise $15,000 and partner with
Colorado Women of Vision, a volunteer arm of World Vision, to drill
the wells. The local mission is to positively impact Colorado’s
watershed through reforming state water policy and implementing
hands-on water improvement projects during the school year.
By using the civics program Project Citizen, the students will
present their research and proposal to state legislators in the
In their vision statement, they emphasize that clean water not
only saves lives, but it creates sustainable change. By having a
central village well, women and children in Niger will not have to
haul water up to 14 hours a day just to survive. Having clean water
will keep families together and make their lives easier by
providing a healthier place to live.
Fundraising efforts include grant writing, using a school
fundraising contest, operating a weekly school store, recruiting
sponsors, and developing community partners, all by the end of the
school year. The money raised will be matched by the Conrad Hilton
Foundation. Colorado Women of Vision will be going to Niger in
January and will use the money the students raise to start the
Locally, the students will study and research how water policy
in Colorado impacts our state and what suggestions they might have
for improvement. They will learn how a bill becomes a law and how
citizens work with the government to create change using the
Project Citizen curriculum, developed by the Center for Civic
Education and the National Conference of State Legislatures. They
will develop an action plan and will present their ideas to state
legislators in the spring.
For information on how to help their effort, contact Donna
Shepherd at Indian Ridge Elementary School in the Cherry Creek
School District, or visit www.protopage.com/AquaArmy.
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