Tuning in at 2:20 a.m. from Japan: Morah Lindsay Teeples-Mitchell!
Last year, in their humanities class with Morah Lindsay, our current Grade 7 students read a novel telling the story of an 11-year-old girl named Nya from South Sudan who was forced to walk over three miles twice a day in order to collect water for her family. They also learned of an organization that was able to help her community by building a well. As a grade, they committed to raise at least $5,000 to help build a well in South Sudan and to educate people about the water crisis around the globe.
Although Morah Lindsay and her husband, Kevin, moved to Japan last summer, the students continued their campaign yesterday as guests on the WBEZ public radio show Worldview to speak about their cause.
Morah Lindsay wrote to the students from Japan, “I woke up at 2:20 this morning to listen to their interview and was filled to the brim with pride. I was again struck with just how impressed I am with their articulate and brilliant minds, but even more so with their hearts and who they are as humans. CJDS and the Jewish community will forever be a standard of what I know kids are capable of in every realm, and there are truly no words to express what it has meant to work with people who continue to instill the need for critical thought coupled with a tender heart In their work. Please also let them know they can add a $100 donation from Kevin and me.”
You can help Grade 7 reach their goal by sponsoring a student on their Walk for Water or making a contribution. Checks made out to Chicago Jewish Day School (write "Water Walk" in the memo) can be given to Paulette in the middle school office, or you can donate directly to the organization Water for South Sudan directly here and note Chicago Jewish Day School, our fundraiser will be credited.
After the Show...
- A phone call who was truly inspired by our students and requested to make a donation to their cause.
- Several messages via Facebook including this powerful message: "I just wanted to write a few lines to acknowledge you and say I am so impressed with you guys. You are all so articulate! I could hear your passion and excitement about this project and also very importantly how you have each expanded your consciousness to a whole new level of awareness. You are all young pioneers and visionaries and if this is your passion at such a young age... then PLEASE keep on going! We need more people like you in this world! CONGRATULATIONS! Wishing you and your school a great success with your Walkathon and goal."
- Two emails from the Chicago community who listened in.
- A community member who reached out to Morah Rachel Pickus in how to set up a similar event in her community.