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Red Mill South Sudan donation2Inspired by a book they read in class, fourth grade students donated nearly $400 to provide clean, fresh water to people whom they never met in Africa. The book “A Long Walk to Water,” tells two parallel stories that intersect in South Sudan where people walk for hours to fetch water every day.

Students in Misty Hayes’ class responded with a selfless act and collected donations for the nonprofit Water for South Sudan, which drills fresh water wells. They sold water droplet cutouts that were taped on the wall in the school’s entryway.

“This book led them to say, ‘What can we do as children,’” Mrs. Hayes said. “They inspired me.”