Next Wednesday, October 5th is National Walk to School Day. That morning, kids all around the country are going to be missing their busses and passing up rides from their parents and instead will be walking to school. And we want you guys to join the fun!
Millions of people around the world without access to clean and safe drinking water have to walk hours every day to collect water for their families. We want our community to get involved in National Walk to School Day to raise awareness about the global water crisis and walk so others don’t have to.
To make sure you guys are fully prepared, here are 5 ways you can get ready for National Walk to School Day and make a difference for kids all around the world.
1. Learn the Facts
663 million people around the world lack access to clean and safe drinking water. Many of them live in isolated rural areas and have to spend hours every day walking to collect dirty water for their families. Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick.
Together, we’re helping kids around the world spend less time walking to collect water, and more time in school.
Check out this video from The Journey Series when Tyler walks with Tarik in Ethiopia:
2. Get Creative
Unleash your crafty side and have some fun getting creative. You can make your own t-shirts, create posters, or even decorate milk jugs to fill with water to carry with you as you walk.
Women and children not only bear the burden of having to collect dirty water, but they also have to carry 40 pound Jerry Cans while doing it. So participate in your own water walk by carrying a jug full of water to get an idea of what life is like for millions of people around the world.
3. Make a Plan
The more people you have the better! Gather your friends and family to walk with you, pick a meeting point in the morning, and raise awareness for the women and children who walk for water every single day, together.
4. Share Your Story
Don’t forget to share about your walk to school on social media. Remember, this is all about raising awareness. And one of the best ways to do that is to share your story with others. Tweet about it, post on Facebook, even create an Instagram or Snapchat story!
Also, be sure to take some pictures and send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story with us and have your picture added to the supporter wall in our office.
5. Start a Fundraising Campaign
The best part about participating in an event like this and raising awareness for the water crisis is getting your community to take action. Start your very own fundraising campaign and share your National Walk to School Day story with your family and friends and then ask them to donate. 100% of every donation will go straight to the field and help keep kids from having to walk for water, and instead keep them in school.
You still have a few days to get ready so gather your friends, get crafty, and get excited, because it’s going to be a great day. We can’t wait to see you all out there walking to school and raising awareness about the global water crisis together.
Want to get your school even more involved? E-mail email@example.com for more information!