Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hillside Buddy Water Project 2016

Hillside students a local water
purification plant.
The Buddy Water project at Hillside is lead by second grade teacher Mr. Goneconto and fourth grade teacher Mrs. Katz.  Their students learned about water purification and how water shortages affect millions of people around the world.  They also raised awareness and money for the project by placing collection jars in some of our local establishments, including Not Your Average Joe's and Hearth Pizzeria.  The Buddy Water Project started 8 years ago in 2008 and at that time over 1 billion people did not have access to clean drinking water.  This year, a UNICEF representative revealed to the students that currently, the amount of people in the world that do not have access to clean drinking water has dropped to 663 million.  That's a difference of over 337 million people- more than the entire population of the United States!  It is because of programs like Hillside's Buddy Water Project that this number continues to shrink.  Great work for a great cause!

Buddy Water Project assembly.

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