Teaching students how to contribute to community is one important aspect of an Osseo Area Schools education. One of the ways that goal manifests itself at Maple Grove Junior High is through the H2O For Life project.
H20 for Life connects schools in the United States with schools in developing countries to complete WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) in Schools projects.
Students and staff participating in Maple Grove Junior High’s H2O for Life’s service organization conducted fundraisers throughout the year to raise more than $3,800 for the project. This was enough to provide a fresh water well and sanitary facilities for students at Oteteen Primary School in western Uganda.
The experience went beyond simply raising funds for the project and moving onto the next thing. Participants in the MGJH H2O For Life organization learned how children in Uganda have to retrieve their own water from polluted ponds and streams every single day and risk contracting water-borne diseases. This opened the eyes of many MGJH students to the many things Americans take for granted as basic elements of life but in some countries are considered luxuries.
Watching how their contributions have transformed Ugandan students' lives by providing fresh, clean drinking water has had a profound impact on Maple Grove Junior High's students as they realize their ability to help another group of students halfway around the world.
PHOTOS: Above - H2O For Life participants and advisor Mark Sackett. Top Right - Ugandan students retrieving unsanitary water before new well installation. Bottom Right - Oteteen students celebrating new fresh water well, thanks to Maple Grove Junior High's contributions.
-Published July 7, 2014