Inspired by a book, Lawton fifth graders raise $1303 for Water for South Sudan

Video by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor
    A fundraising lemonade stand on Memorial Day weekend was just one way Lawton fifth graders raised $1303 for an organization called Water for South Sudan.
It all started recently when the students read “A Long Walk to Water” based on a true story about a “lost boy” of Sudan named Salva Dut, one of the refugees who walked the African continent in search of their families.  Salva started the foundation to raise money to drill wells in South Sudan.
      “Our students are very passionate about this foundation,” said fifth grade teacher Karen Gerhart.  “We started a web site and my students made crafts to sell after school and collected money in other ways.  This was a student-driven freight train.”
   One morning a student brought her a tin can full of quarters and dollar bills.
“It was $52 that she and her friends earned at her lemonade stand over the holiday weekend,” she said. “I am very proud of them.”
Karen Gerhart and her fifth graders
Jill Wesley and her fifth graders


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