Summit CDS students donate more than $15,000 to clean water fund

Summit CDS students donate more than $15,000 to clean water fund

Summit Country Day senior Mark Taylor, center, helps load gallons of water into the back of a truck. The water is donated to Matthew 25: Ministries.

Students at The Summit Country Day School raised $15,144 this year to provide water-purifying packets to students in countries who do not have clean water sources.

Hands Across the Water, which informs students and raises awareness in the community about the global water crisis, is in its ninth year at The Summit. Altogether, The Summit has raised more than $131,000 to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Clean Water Fund. The sisters use the funds to purchase P&G PUR water purification packets. One packet can turn 10 liters of dirty, potentially deadly water into clean, drinkable water. 

The Summit’s annual Hands Across the Water walkathon was held in April, although the school continued to take contributions to the fund after it was over.

“Helping the less fortunate is one of the core values of our school,” Head of School Rich Wilson said following the event. “Supporting the work of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in providing clean water to the communities where the sisters are teaching in Africa is an opportunity not only to teach the students about the clean water crisis on that continent but also to lock arms with those who founded our school in helping to find a solution.”