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Students at The Knox School of Santa Barbara Take Water Concerns Global

Students at The Knox School in Santa Barbara hold a bake sale to raise funds for organizations addressing water woes in Ethiopia and Flint, Mich. Click to view larger
Students at The Knox School in Santa Barbara hold a bake sale to raise funds for organizations addressing water woes in Ethiopia and Flint, Mich. (The Knox School of Santa Barbara)

At The Knox School of Santa Barbara, the fifth- and sixth-graders have been immersed in the study of water. From its chemical composition to the unique role it plays in creating and sustaining life, the students spent much of the fall learning about water.

Now, three students at the school are taking their studies one step further, launching a clean water service learning project.

The student-driven initiative started with a bake sale last Monday, with funds going to organizations dedicated to addressing the water crisis in Ethiopia and in Flint, Mich.

Moving forward, the students plan to work with students at other schools to foster partnerships in this fundraising drive. This project also inspired multiple members of the school community to match the proceeds from the bake sale, thereby increasing the benefit to these organizations and augmenting the work the students initiated.

As one parent commented, "I know this is a simple gesture by Knox students, but it is a direct result of Knox’s consistent nurturing of the students’ deep concern for social issues, encouraging them to pursue causes they are passionate about, and helping them learn how to use their voice for change."

This project is a shining example of the unique learning environment offered at The Knox School in downtown Santa Barbara, founded four years ago to educate and support gifted and talented learners. The school's unique integrated curriculum model nurtures students' deep concerns for global issues, encouraging and teaching them to take a leadership role to effect the change they want to see.

— Nicole Joy is the office manager for The Knox School of Santa Barbara.

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