Walking for Water: Service Learning Becomes Physical & Tangible

Our grade 4, 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12 students at Concordia have been investigating water access issues in this first term of school. For the elementary and middle school students, they have been digging into this issue in their Reflective Spiritual Beings classes, and a group of 17 students in 11th and 12th grades have been doing the same in a course called Global Development Studies.

As the students have learned about water access (who has it and who doesn’t, underlying factors that affect access to clean water, consequences of lacking water in terms of access to education, illness and much more), they have engaged in the investigation portion of a Service Learning cycle. The learning has been engaging and deep, with students reflecting on the privilege they have in accessing as much clean water they need/want each day.

As the learning has occurred, students have expressed a deep desire to engage in action to help others in our world who do not have access to clean water. And, thus, a community Water Walk has been born.

In preparation for a visit by Salva Dut (former Lost Boy of Sudan and founder of Water For South Sudan: www.waterforsouthsudan.org), students will form teams and walk around the Concordia track for eight hours on October 22nd. From 7 am to 3 pm, teams will have representatives walking at all times, with older students and adults carrying buckets of water to experience how difficult it is to walk while carrying such a heavy burden.

Click on the video below to learn more about the high school Global Development students and their planning for the event. Also, come and join us on October 22nd if you can.

LeeAnne Lavender