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Port Angeles High School WE Club Walks for Water

Port Angeles High School WE Club Walks for Water
Posted on 07/01/2019
Port Angeles High School WE Club Walks for WaterIn May, the Port Angeles High School WE Club hosted a fundraiser to raise awareness of the critical need for clean water in countries around the world. 

“This is a service project organized by WE Schools for their global impact project,” said Shawne Johnson, art teacher and WE Club advisor.  “They do it every year and we would love to begin the tradition here at PAHS.”

Students set up a pledge table in the student center during lunch for a week to publicize the event, collect pledges and share information.

wfw1“This is an easy project to share with family as all the money collection is online through a secure fundraising site sponsored by WE Schools,” said Johnson.

After school on Friday, May 31, participating students and some staff members met on the high school track to walk laps. Before they got started, social studies teacher Pete Rennie shared his experiences in Kenya helping to dig wells for clean water. "Do good with this thing," he told the students. "You're touching and saving lives."

For every lap completed, they received a punch on their punch card for pledges.  Some walked without fundraising.  Some ran. Most carried containers of water or back packs filled with water bottles to symbolize the many cultures in the world who have to tote clean water from a fair distance.

The event appealed to a wide range of people.  NJROTC students made a 100-lb. pack and took turns making a carrying challenge with it.

“We could all use some reminders about the impact that clean water can make on improving lives around the world,” said Johnson.

wfw2At the conclusion of the fundraiser week, Johnson reported the group had raised $545.  “The cool thing was our donation was matched by a corporate donor, so we were able to pay for a well,” reported Johnson.  “$1,000 will build a permanent water source for one community of 40 people.” 

The group chose to contribute to WE Villages in Kenya, and the work is to begin this summer. 

wfw3“They match donors to work sites, so we will be able to watch the progress via shared photos,” said Johnson.

“This project is in alliance with a District Strategic Focus area---that is, to create an emphasis on relevant, meaningful, real-world, global curriculum to increase student engagement,” said Superintendent Marty Brewer. “PAHS WE Club members have helped make a difference.”

Photos by Patsene Dashiell/Port Angeles School District:

We Club Walk for Water 013: Mason Reynolds jogs around the track with a water jug.

WE Club Walk for Water 021:  Kathryn Guttormsen and Anne Edwards get their pledge cards punched by Alexus Yeater and Mimi Rose as they complete a lap.

WE Club Walk for Water 001:  Social studies teacher Pete Rennie talked about his experiences in Kenya helping to dig wells for clean water. "Do good with this thing," he told the students. "You're touching and saving lives."

WE Club Walk for Water 031:  Port Angeles High School staff members Shawne Johnson and Paul Kelly complete some laps during the Walk for Water at the high school track.