Change 4 Water

Sheelagh Jackson (10) donates money to Change 4 Water. Change 4 Water id headed by Us International, a student organized club at Oakwood High School. “Last year, Us International raised enough funds to build two wells in Uganda,” Caroline Filbrun (11), president of Us International, said.

Students may have noticed blue boxes sitting in each classroom this quarter. The school organization known as Us International’s fundraiser is back.
“The fundraiser raises funds and awareness of the need for clean drinking water in regions of the world where it is not readily available,” Barb Acker, adviser for Us International, said.
This fundraiser is not new. Us International conducted this same charity drive last school year.“Last year was a great success! We collected enough funds to build a well for children and their families,” Acker said.Last year, Us International raised enough funds to build a well in Uganda, Africa.

“The money goes to Drop in the Bucket, which is an organization that collects funds and uses them to build wells to provide clean water,” Caroline Filbrun (11), president of Us International, said.

This is Caroline’s second year with Us International, and her first year as president of the club.

“I would say there are about 50 kids [in Us international] this year,” Filbrun said.

The fundraiser started at the beginning of October and lasts the entire month. There is an incentive for students to donate their loose pocket change.

“This goes to a good cause. We forget that there are regions of the world where children and their families have to walk miles for clean water. It’s a small sacrifice for us to come together to educate others about this need, and it is both an educational and fun experience to commit ourselves to each year,” Acker said.

By Adam Koenig

koenig.adam@oakwoodschools.org

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