Webster City Iowa teacher awarded “Teaching Inspiration” Award from International Water Nonprofit, Well Aware

Well Aware, an international award-winning nonprofit that provides innovative and sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in Africa, honored retired second grade teacher Dawn Scholtens of Sunset Heights Elementary with a “Teaching Inspiration” Award.

Since 2012, Scholtens and her 2nd grade class have raised over $22,000 to build wells and water systems in Kenya. The students participate in Well Aware’s annual “Shower Strike” campaign, where individuals pledge not to shower for a week, or until they meet their fundraising goal.

“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,” shared Dawn Scholtens. “ 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.”


With her leadership and enthusiasm, Scholtens and her second graders have contributed to half a dozen water projects in Kenya, and helped bring clean water to thousands of individuals- with a majority of the people impacted being children, too.

“Dawn Scholtens is truly an inspiration who has inspired so many students both here and abroad,” said Sarah Evans, Founder and Executive Director of Well Aware. “I am honored to recognize her with the Teaching Inspiration Award”

To learn more about Well Aware and sign up to participate in their annual Shower Strike campaign, please visit: www.wellawareworld.org or www.showerstrike.org


Contact Person: Jessica Sager

Company Name: Well Aware

Voice Phone Number: 512-970-3460

Email Address: ​Jessica@WellAwareWorld.org