Class Act: CCHS Helps Support Marion Medical Mission

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By Evie Allen

CARBONDALE -- Clean water is something many of us take for granted, but in other parts of the world it's hard to come by.

That's why students and staff at a Jackson County school are working to provide wells for people in Africa. In a special assembly, students and staff at Carbondale Community High School presented a $4,000 check to the Marion Medical Mission. The money goes towards building shallow wells in three parts of Africa.

Pastor Otte is the vice president of the Marion Medical Mission. He shared with students the importance of the wells and how many people in Africa suffer from water-borne diseases.

"I think it's probably one of the most taken for granted things in our lives. They are very appreciative and maybe they don't understand what it's like in America, but they do know that this means their children will live and they weren't living before," expressed Otte.

Each wells cost $40 to build, and the high school raised enough to build ten.

"We thought that we might raise enough money for a couple of wells, but I'm very proud of CCHS and our students," said Stephanie Parton.

All year long the school held fundraisers, including a penny war and a staff versus students basketball game. They also sold special T-shirts. The shirts were inspired by a book all the students read called "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Sue Park.

"They (the t-shirts) united students and faculty and the school community around a cause and it sort-of became a visual reminder of what we we're trying to do," said Parton.

Each well allows at least 150 people to use clean water. This is the first time a school has raised this much money for the Marion Medical Mission's shallow wells mission.
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