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Over the past two weeks, we have introduced you to the coolest 3rd graders we know! Jill Hodge and her 3rd grade class at Franklin Elementary in Liberty, Missouri, learned all about the Global Water Crisis and then decided to do something about it!  They raised over $200, bringing clean water for life to 8 people!

We then asked them a few questions about what they learned and were blown away by how smart, kind, and compassionate these 9 year olds were!  You can read the previous posts here and here.

Here are the last few questions we asked Ms. Hodge’s class:

Q: What was your favorite part about the lessons you learned about the Global Water Crisis?

A: Learning that not everyone in the world has clean drinking water.  Mrs. Hodge also taught me that I can help change that. -Sevion

When we did the Typhoid Comes to Town activity.  It was interesting to learn how a disease can spread, and fun to see if I was a carrier. -Nolan

When Mrs. Hodge gave us each a bottle of dirty water, but then I got to drink clean water. She also had us do a water walk to see what it feels like. It is hard! – Olivia

Learning that you can get sick from drinking water, because not everyone has clean water. -Sage

Learning that there are organizations that care and want to help people who don’t have clean water.  It feels good to save money to help save a life.  I can matter. -Ben

When Mrs. Hodge told me that not everyone has clean water to drink. People actually get sick from drinking water. – Conner

Sharing my money to help others.  It feels good. -Remi

Making a water filter, and that there are lots of ways you can help.  -Haddon

Learning about Typhoid Mary and having a discussion about our opinions about quarantines.  We even quarantined people now! – Logan

Learning about what scarcity was.  Mrs. Hodge had gummy bears to learn about economic and physical scarcity.  And abundance to.  We are abundant in good clean water. -Samiracle

Getting to bring in money so that we could help people who don’t have clean water that we do.  It feels good to help someone, even if I don’t get to meet them. -Alexis

Seeing the videos helped me understand that this is a real thing.  It was really sad, but made me want to do something to help others. -Caroline

Raising money for others was my favorite part.  It felt good to know I made a difference.  -AJ

Trying to make our own water filter with two different types of sand, and rocks.  -Micah

Q: Just $25 guarantees someone in a developing country clean water for the rest of their lives! What is your reaction to this?

A: We were shocked that $25 can change someone’s life forever. We feel proud that the donation from our whole class was able to help 8 people. That is a lot! We are super excited that their lives are going to be better and we had a part in it. It feels like a tiny flicker of hope, because sometimes it’s hard to think we make a difference with such a big problem. We want others to know that it’s easy to make a difference. Kids like us care. We don’t have a lot of money, but we can help let others know about the water crisis and that it’s easy to be a part of helping others. – The Class

A HUGE thank you to Jill Hodge and her class!  You are a strong and loving group of 9 year olds and we are so proud of you!

We’re on a mission to end the global water crisis. We build holistic clean water solutions and spread God’s love in at-risk communities around the world, empowering people not just to survive, but to thrive – physically, socially and spiritually.

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