"While the students are raising money for Well Aware, they are also learning about places they have never heard of and people and circumstances they don’t know exist."
This time of year, we share a lot of stories about the lives we impact through our wells and water systems in East Africa.
Today, we also want to share the story of one of our beloved Shower Strikers, Dawn Scholtens, a 2nd Grade Teacher who has been leading the "Sunset Stinkers" on a Shower Strike every year for the past 5 years. When Dawn registered this year, she shared the following...
"Webster City is a small town of less than 8,000 people. Our main employer was Electrolux and we had the largest washer and dryer plant in the United States – until it moved to Mexico 5 years ago. We are left now with a blue collar population that is unemployed or under-employed. Almost 70% of our elementary students are on free and reduced lunch. When second graders do the Shower Strike, it really is everyone. [In our community] we just have our school so we all join together.
While the students are raising money for Well Aware, they are also learning about places they have never heard of and people and circumstances they don’t know exist. I feel it is a crucial part of their education to learn that they can give even if they have little and that they can make a difference in our world. My hope is they will carry this into adulthood."
And what a difference they do make!
Thanks to Dawn and her Stinky Second Graders, as well hundreds of other Shower Strikers around the world, we are able to change lives. Consider these facts, based on previous Shower Strikes:
- Water-related disease rates in the African communities that Shower Strike served serves decreased by 64 percent
- Access to education for girls increased by 58 percent.
Every $10 raised helps make clean water accessible to one person for the next 25 years.
You can join as an individual, start your own team, or donate to Dawn and her Stinky Second Graders.
And- if you're in Austin- Join us for Shower Strike Kick Off Party!
We'll have live music, food, drinks and lots of fun! Free RSVP- join us!