By Seth Holtrop
Too often, people discredit Cedar Springs. They claim that nothing good can come from here; that we are nothing more than “Cedar-tuckey.”
But the students of Cedar Springs have a different story to tell. They believe Cedar Springs is a place where excellence can be the norm, and where hard work can overcome any obstacles in our way.
Towards proving this point, the students of Cedar Springs High School are taking on one of the world’s most pressing problems. They are resolving to build a drilled borehole well in Tigray, Ethiopia—even though they know that many will scoff at the cost ($10,000).
Since last fall the community of Cedar Springs has raised a large amount of money for Charity: Water. They did so by doing extraordinary things like contacting different businesses, selling paintings, and implementing fundraisers throughout the school. By going outside of their comfort zones, they raised over $5,000 and are trying to raise $8,000 more.
Every 19 seconds a child dies from preventable water related diseases
Ninety percent of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are in children under five years old
E.coli, Salmonella typhi, Schistosoma, Cholera vibrios, and Hepatitis A are some of the things that can be found in the filth filled water in Ethiopia
Help the unordinary teens of Cedar Springs prove their awesomeness. Any amount helps. You can donate at http://mycharitywater.org/worldhistory, and, when doing so, please feel free to leave a comment encouraging students to continue impacting history!