Hands Across the Water

Hands Across the Water

4,000 children die each day from drinking contaminated water.
To the students of The Summit, this is unacceptable.

Inspired by our founders, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, The Summit community has a long heritage of serving others. We believe that integrating meaningful community service with classroom instruction and reflection enriches the learning experience for our students, encourages a lifelong passion for serving others and strengthens communities – locally and globally.

Hands Across the Water Walkathon is The Summit’s largest service learning project. With all students and faculty from pre-school through Upper School involved, this annual project requires a substantial parent volunteer support group.

Hands Across the Water began in 2010 and raised $89,178 in the first six years to provide water-purifying packets for children in developing countries. That amount is estimated to be enough to provide 89 villages with clean water for an entire year.

The Hands Across the Water program begins with a strong teaching component in  classrooms and assemblies. Students study and participate in hands-on projects regarding the water crisis through a diverse curriculum which includes science, math, social studies, religion and language arts.

In-class learning culminates with a walkathon on our campus and in our neighborhood. Upper and Middle School students walk six kilometers carrying gallon jugs of water while Lower School and Montessori students walk a shorter distance. The six-kilometer walk mirrors the distance that children walk on average in developing countries to bring water back from their water source to their homes, schools and villages. 

Because the water is so polluted that it causes deadly illnesses, Summit students raise funds for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Clean Water Fund. The sisters operate schools and health clinics in Africa, South America and Central America. They use the funds raised through Hands Across the Water to purchase P&G PUR water purification packets. One small packet can turn 10 liters of dirty, potentially deadly water into clean, drinkable water. A $30 donation can buy enough PUR water packets to provide clean water for a family of four for a year. The annual service learning project transforms lives.   

The Summit's Hands Across the Water project has inspired similar projects at other schools in the Cincinnati area and was recognized by Procter & Gamble as the model for their own global "Walk for Water."

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur place a special emphasis on education, especially of poor women and children, and ministering where others may not choose to go.   

Hands Across the Water Walkathon

Donations still accepted
Thank you for your participation in the eighth year of our wonderful school-wide service learning project, Hands Across the Water. All monetary proceeds support the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur’s Clean Water Fund, to which you can donate here. Thank you for your support.

Hands Across the Water is possible through the organization and support of parent volunteers.
Lama Khoury at lalmoosa@yahoo.com,
Suzanne Tosolini at suzanne.tosolini@gmail.com 
Or Mirja Zeilstra at mirja@aristogroup.com.

See photos:
Photos of Hands Across the Water events can be found here

Save the Date: 2018  

The 2018 Hands Across the Water walkathon will be held on April 18.