Stockwe11’s We11: Fi11ed with Hope – 11 hours, 11,000 laps and $11,000 is a walk-a-thon from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a silent auction and art show from 4–7 p.m. on May 2.
Stockwell Elementary students are walking laps during their PE period and recess on this special day, and family, friends, and the community are invited to join in walking laps that afternoon and evening. All walkers are asked to get pledges, but anyone can walk to help reach the school’s 11,000 lap goal.
“We’re doing this project to get students to make a difference in the world. If they do their small part, we want them to know they can help change the world,” said fourth grade teacher Connie Miller.
The school has embraced working with African Hope Children’s Ministry in order to raise funds to bring clean water to a village in Uganda, Africa.
The project was started by the Towns family after they recently sponsored six high schools students in Uganda.
In a letter submitted to the Press-Tribune, the family outlines what moved them to start the project, saying, “My middle school Spanish teacher and lifelong mentor, Kelly Witteman,founder of African Hope Children’s Ministry, recommend I get the book, ‘Ryan and Jimmy: And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together’ by Herb Shoveller. After reading the story to second grader Olivia and kindergartener Court, we decided as a family that we would like to raise enough funds to drill a deep water well in Uganda.”
The family approached Principal Rhonda Schnell and the school’s leadership team with their idea. They desired not only to raise money, but awareness about communities in other parts of the world while showing children they can make a difference.
“As a school and community we are committed to our children’s future and unlimited potential. This project is just one example of how we can encourage them to make a difference in this world and show them how a community in Bossier City can come together and do great things by bringing hope and opportunity to people thousands of miles away,” said the letter.
The money will help drill a deep water well in the Nakasongola District, which is one of the driest regions in Uganda.
In this region, children are required to walk five to 10 miles one way to retrieve water for their families. A village well not only provides clean water for an entire village, it provides hope to the community and allows the children to spend more time on their education.
“We believe as a community, together we will be able to reach our goal and provide hope to a village in Africa,” the letter said.
To donate or sponsor a student, contact Miller at 549-6922 or the school at 549-5820. Monetary donations can be made out to Stockwell Elementary School, Attention: Stockwe11’s We11