Seventh Graders Take On the U.N. Water Challenge

As part of their study of water in science, seventh graders were challenged by their teacher, Ms. Matzner, to take part in the United Nations Water Challenge.
The United Nations General Assembly recognizes the human right to sufficient and safe water. According to the U.N., this means you have access to at least 20 liters of water within one kilometer of your house. Students gathered on the softball field and were challenged to carry 20 liters of water for one kilometer, recreating the experience of someone who has to walk that far to bring safe water to his/her home. Not so easy, they found. Starting at the softball field, they trudged through the woods to the middle school parking lot and then returned—all while carrying a heavy load on a particularly warm fall day.

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