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Students at Batavia school raise more than $2,400 to help families in rural Africa

Fourth and fifth grade Sunday School students present a novelty check to Immanuel Lutheran School’s sixth grade class and literature and eighth grade homeroom teacher, Julie McFarland. More than $2,400 was raised this year to help families in rural Africa.
Fourth and fifth grade Sunday School students present a novelty check to Immanuel Lutheran School’s sixth grade class and literature and eighth grade homeroom teacher, Julie McFarland. More than $2,400 was raised this year to help families in rural Africa.

BATAVIA – Students at Immanuel Lutheran School in Batavia have raised more than $2,400 this school year to help families in Sudan have access to clean water through their "Sweets for Sudan" bake sale fundraisers held throughout the year at the school and Sunday School.

The money was raised through several bake sales, where homemade treats were sold to students, church members and school staff members for $1. All of the proceeds were donated to the Austin, Texas-based charity Water to Thrive, which helps to build sustainable wells in rural Africa.

Each year, sixth graders at Immanuel Lutheran School walk in the shoes of Nya, an 11 year-old girl from Southern Sudan who is featured in the book, 'A Long Walk to Water', by Linda Sue Parks. Nya walks four hours each morning and four hours each afternoon to collect and bring water for her family.

According to the release, the sixth graders try to see if they could carry a jug full of water just like Nya. After trying it they always agree that it is a really difficult task.

The sixth grade class of 2015 decided they wanted to do something to help children like Nya, and since then, they have been holding the monthly Sweets for Sudan bake sales. In their first bake sale, the students raised $250. Each $500 donation provides clean water for 50 people every day in a South Sudan village, according to the news release.

From 2015 to 2017, "Sweets for Sudan" bake sales have earned more than $2,000, which is now helping more than 200 people in the South Sudan have fresh clean water on a daily basis. Fourth and fifth grade students also wanted to be involved, and also held their own fundraisers to donate to the sixth grade class' "Sweets for Sudan" efforts.

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