Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday in support of the Westridge Water Warriors! The Water Warriors, a student group comprised of 28 middle school scholars passionate about global access to clean water, hosted the fourth annual Water Warrior Festival and brought in more than $8,000 which, combined with fundraising efforts held earlier in the school year, elevated the 2015-2016 Water Warriors’ total donation to H20 for Life to $12,000. With the money raised, H2O for Life will build two clean water wells, one at a school in Nigeria and the other in Uganda.
"It was so encouraging to see the community come together in support of this major issue that needs to be addressed,” said Alenna Z., student head of the Water Warriors club. “It really touched my heart that so many people came out to the festival because it helped me realize the capabilities of our community.”
“Mr. (John) Cross and I are so proud of the Water Warriors this year,” said 7th Grade humanities teacher Gigi Bizar, co-advisor of the Water Warriors. “They were hard-working, creative with their booths and raffle prizes, and they were all really helpful the day of the festival. They are passionate about their cause, and I am so proud of their accomplishments.”
Since the inception of the Water Warriors, the club has raised more than $50,000 in support of global water access. Learn more about the 7th Grade interdisciplinary water unit, which led to the formation of the Water Warriors by visiting their class website.
A clean water wash system was recently completed in the Dominican Republic, thanks in part to the financial support of the 2014-2015 Water Warriors. See their philanthropic efforts in action here.