Summit students raise more than $14,000 for clean water fund

Students load gallons of water into a truck for donation

Sophomore Zach Watford hands a gallon of water to junior Ziyan “Richard” Zhang so he can load it in the truck during The Summit’s 10th annual Hands Across the Water service project.

Students from The Summit Country Day School participated in the 10th annual Hands Across the Water service project, raising more than $14,000 to provide clean water to people in developing countries. Since it began, the school-wide project has raised almost $150,000 and has saved thousands of lives.

In many developing countries, children do not have clean, safe water. Without it, children and their families become ill – some so ill that they lose their lives from the illness that dirty water causes. Polluted water kills more people every year than HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB combined. 

Hands Across the Water teaches Summit children about the global water crisis, raises funds to provide purifying water packets for children in developing countries and raises awareness through a 6-kilometer walk around the school and neighborhood during which students carry jugs of water bottles. 

The Summit’s fund-raising efforts benefit the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) Clean Water for Life Fund. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, who founded The Summit, operate schools and health clinics in the developing world including Africa, South America and Central America.  

“We teach our students that leaders of character go out of their way to help the less fortunate,” says Rich Wilson, Head of School. “This event helps the children have empathy for the challenging lives that their peers in underdeveloped countries have.”   

This year’s fundraising effort continued through May 3, and includes $5,668 from collections made after Christmas Eve Masses in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel and $1,150 raised in a Montessori bake sale. Donate here: www.summitcds.org/HandsAcrossTheWater.