Book inspires Ocean Springs students to start fundraiser to help communities in Africa

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OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi (WLOX) — Sixth-grade students at St. Alphonsus Catholic School in Ocean Springs raised nearly $15,000 and it all started with reading a book in class.

The class was inspired after reading the book “A Long Walk to Water”. The book details the struggles of a Sudanese boy and girl who have to walk for eight hours to fetch water.

The students were so touched that they decided to start a fundraiser to help African communities in need of clean water. Fundraising started in September and right now they are less than $2,000 short of the $15,000 goal.

Sixth grade students at St. Alphonsus Catholic School in Ocean Springs raised nearly $15,000 and it all started with reading a book in class(WLOX)

“No matter how old you are or what you’re doing, you can always help out,” student Sophie Gammon said. “Even if it’s just a little or if it’s $15,000.”

“Knowing that other people don’t have what we have like this amazing school and access to a lot of things and knowing that people in South Sudan don’t have that, it really touched our hearts and we really thought it would be important to give back, said student Katherine Wall.

The students used several different methods to raise funds, from selling baked goods to grams of turkey around Thanksgiving.

A celebration is planned after raising the remaining $1,632.

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