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Third Grade Students Raise Money To Bring Clean Water to Africa

Students collecting cansDrop in the bucket

The third grade classes, at Barry School, are collecting money for the organization Drop in the Bucket.

Drop in the Bucket is an organization that focuses on raising money to bring fresh water to sub-saharan Africa. Although clean water is something people in the United States have regularly available, only half of the population in sub-Saharan Africa has access to clean water.  Over 80% of the disease in developing countries is related to poor drinking water and sanitation. 4,500 children die every day from preventable diseases related to a lack of access to clean water, adequate sanitation and hygiene.

In order to try to change the water situation, Drop in the Bucket is raising money to drill wells at schools in sub-Saharan Africa. In Africa, more than a quarter of the population spends more than 30 minutes, sometimes up to 6 hours, walking 3.75 miles just to collect enough water for the day. Women and children are mostly responsible for fetching water and caring for the sick (who primarily fall ill due to unclean water). This means that women and children have less time to spend on productive activities, such as going to school or working on a business venture, whereas men and boys can spend their days getting educated and making money. Not offering girls the same schooling opportunities as boys costs less-developed nations $92 billion every year. That means $1 trillion per decade is missed out on in salaries. The wells make it possible for children to go to school and get an education. Education is the most effective way to help move communities out of poverty.  To learn more click here.

Third grade students at Barry school will be raising money for Drop in the Bucket by collecting returnable bottles and cans, loose change donations, and selling bracelets made by students. Every morning (8:00 to 8:30 am) students will be in the lobby area collecting donations and selling bracelets.  If you have a large number of bottles/cans, just drop them off at the office and we will take care of them or you can drop off the bottles/cans at quick stop beverage on route 281 (just say the money goes to Barry School 3rd grade).

One of the third grade teachers, Mrs. Quail said, “This fundraiser coincides with our ELA Module 4 - Water Around Us.  When the students heard of the millions of children that don’t have clean water at their schools our students said  “we need to help them”. The students came up with the idea of making bracelets to sell. Each student has signed up to do a job ie collect cans/bottles in the lobby, sell bracelets in the lobby, sort cans/bottles, count money, and share a water fact during whole school meeting.  Anyone that donates will write his/her name on a raindrop. The raindrops will be displayed in the front entrance windows.”

One of the third grade students said, "It is really important because in Cortland people have clean water, and in other countries they do not. Africa in particular lacks access to clean drinking water which causes diseases to spread.”

Our campaign will conclude on Friday, June 15th.  If you have any questions, email Mrs. Quail at To access our private fundraising page please visit:

Thank you in advance for helping us to help others.



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045

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