On Wednesday, Nov. 19, students at River Oaks Elementary School will join the world in calling attention to the fact that 900 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people in developing countries lack adequate sewage treatment facilities.
On World Toilet Day, Nov. 19, hundreds of students and their teachers at River Oaks will announce their third annual fundraising drive to support international NGO WaterAid America’s mission to provide access to safe water and sanitation for the world’s poorest people.
River Oaks students will participate in an educational program featuring renowned children’s comedian, author and vocal sound impressionist, the “Noiseguy,” Charlie Williams. With activities such as a “Flush Poem” and “Toilet Tour,” Williams will use humor to explore serious issues.
WaterAid and Williams will be addressing two morning student assemblies for approximately one hour each, the first from 8-9 a.m. and the second from 9-10 a.m.
River Oaks second grade students study world-wide water issues as part of their International Baccalaureate water unit.
“The IB Planner that our teachers created and students have participated in has led to a deep understanding of water issues in our world,” said River Oaks Principal Kelly McBride. “Their work, and the video that was created showcasing their work, has led to many connections and recognitions and I am so proud of their efforts.”
River Oaks second-graders raised more than $10,000 for WaterAid programs in Africa in 2006 and 2007. In each of those years, students at River Oaks participated in a “walk to the well” event where they literally carried water in an effort to really understand what millions of people around the world have to do every day to get water.
“The second grade students and their teachers at River Oaks Elementary truly inspired us with their commitment to helping poor people escape the cycle of illness and poverty caused by lack of safe water and sanitation,” said Patricia Dandonoli, president and CEO of WaterAid America. “And thanks to Charlie Williams, who created The Adventures of Super Toilet, we now have a delightful way to engage children around the world, through our web site, on the related issue of sanitation.”