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Woodlands Academy Raises Almost $600 for United Nations' World Water Day

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  • Maggie Sandner-Gialamas (left) of Lake Forest and Loren Ketelsen of Lincolnshire get their last-minute contributions into the world water day contest at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart.

      Maggie Sandner-Gialamas (left) of Lake Forest and Loren Ketelsen of Lincolnshire get their last-minute contributions into the world water day contest at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart.
    Anne O'Connell

 
Anne O'Connell

While it might be easy to take abundant water for granted in Lake County, students at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart raised $593 for the United Nations' World Water Day March 22.

The Common Ground club of the Lake Forest school launched activities last week plus a fundraiser to support The Water Project, Inc. Students carried buckets filled with 40 pounds to replicate just some of the weight , plus more, that children elsewhere carry numerous times each day. The buckets could not be dropped as they represented water, which would have been spilled.

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The school community was divided into four teams: Somalia, Uzbekistan, Egypt and Venezuela . Everyone who so chose donated funds into a milk jug for each country. The team representing Egypt collected the most money, $189 and also had the greatest number of participants, 23. The team has earned a jeans day at school. The other teams came in as follows: Venezuela, $182; Uzbekistan, $167 and Somalia, $55. All funds were sent to The Water Project.

The Water Project works to bring relief to communities around the world that suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation.

Founded in 1858, Woodlands Academy is an independent, Catholic college preparatory day and boarding school for young women, and part of a worldwide network of Sacred Heart Schools that spans 21 cities in the United States and 44 countries around the world. Woodland Academy's identity is rooted in Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat's desire to inspire young hearts and minds to excel, to lead lives of integrity and to serve. The nonprofit school is located at 760 E. Westleigh Road, Lake Forest. For more information call 847 234-4300 or visit www.woodlandsacademy.org

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