Grade 7 students from Abbotsford Traditional Middle School recently participated in a Walk for Water field trip.
This included all 105 of the school’s Grade 7 students walking seven kilometres to the lake in Albert Dyck Park to fetch 20 litres of water.
Teams of four to six students then carried the jerry cans full of water back to school.
This was designed to be both mentally and physically challenging and include teamwork and perseverance.
The activity aligned with the recent Run for Water – which raises money for clean-water projects in Ethiopia – and was directly related to the book Long Walk to Water, which all Grade 7 students have completed.
The book tells the true story of a boy, Salva Dut, who was separated from his family during a civil war in what is now South Sudan.
He struggles to find food and water, along with avoiding gunmen, as he hopes to find his family again.
Years later, as an adult, he starts a volunteer group to build wells in South Sudan.