St. James Lenten Project Brings Water Awareness, Funds Schooling for Student in Zambia

Grade three students from St. James the Greater Catholic School in Smiths Falls, participated in activities on World Water Day, which helped the children learn about the importance of clean water, and the difficulty some children must endure to have access to this precious resource.

In the school gymnasium, students carried large containers of water, and weighted backpacks, through simulated natural barriers.

“Walking around our gym 90 times is the same distance some children have to walk in the morning,” explained Aaron Stanistreet.

All of the classes from Kindergarten to grade three went to the gym and spent half an hour doing the exercise in a relay fashion.

“One of the students dropped the jug which broke, and the water went all over the floor,” noted St. James Principal Sue Forbes. “The teacher took this as a teachable moment and explained how if this happened, the child would have to either go back home to get another container, or walk back to the water supply where the jug could be refilled.”

The school is raising funds through their Lenten project for a 6 year old student from Zambia who is sponsored through Chalice.

“We have raised $800 for her schooling this year, and it costs $444 for her to go to school in Zambia for one year,” explained student Malcolm Forbes.

Each of the classrooms has a picture of the sponsored student, and the school receives correspondence from her each year. Other activities such as a movie afternoon and student raffles for prizes including “principal for a day,” were held to raise funds for the Lenten project.


Photo: Grade three students Aaron Stanistreet, Malcolm Forbes, and Owyn Tetreault, with St. James Principal Susan Forbes, Director of Education Wm. J. Gartland, and Vice-Chair Robin Reil at the Board Meeting held April 4, 2017. The students presented information about the school’s Lenten project to the Board of Trustees.