Students at Meadow Drive School in the Mineola Union Free School District are raising money for the Georgie Badiel Foundation, an organization that aims to provide clean water and sanitation to the people Burkina Faso, a western African country. Students were inspired to fundraise after a library lesson about the benefits of water and hydration.
Meadow Drive students read the book, “The Water Princess,” where they learned about Georgie Badiel’s childhood in Burkina Faso and how children who live there have to walk miles for water. Students were challenged to come up with a way to raise money to donate to the Georgie Badiel Foundation, and in turn they came up with the idea to sell “well wishes.”
For one dollar, families of Meadow Drive students can write down their wishes for their child and have them displayed in the school lobby. All collected money will go to the organization to help build and restore wells, provide technical training in well operation and create educational programs for sanitary and hygiene practice.
The well wishes project drives Meadow Drive students to live out the district’s mission of contributing positively to a global society.