The Water Challenge at RVES

The Water Challenge at RVES
Posted on 04/19/2018
RVES Water Project Poster

The multiage classes at Riverview Elementary School have been learning about local water sources, specifically the Vermillion River, and about economics separately. However, these two topics together inspired them to look globally at how water is used. They discovered that water is abundant in some areas and scarce in others. Students also learned about an impending water shortage in Cape Town, South Africa and peoples’ struggles around the world with water. In the spirit of our Farmington Tiger community, they wanted to find a way to help. This led them to an organization called The Water Project which focuses on providing clean and safe water, by not only digging wells but also providing clean sanitation, for communities in Africa.  

To take part in The Water Project, Riverview students challenged families, friends, and school leaders to participate in a “water challenge”. Participants were asked to only drink water for two weeks. Money that would have been spent on other beverages would instead be donated to The Water Project. Students challenged people in the community by writing letters, creating videos, and designing electronic brochures. They also had a donation jar set out during conferences. By the end of the water challenge they had surpassed their initial fundraising goal of $1000 for a grand total of $1502.

Although the initial water challenge has passed, you can still donate to The Water Project here:

You can explore the Student Project Website here:

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