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Gethsemane Lutheran School to raise money for Tanzanian wells

There is no stopping second-graders with a vision, it seems. The second-grade class at Gethsemane Lutheran School in Maplewood, Minnesota, listened when Principal Judy Hinck  shared in chapel about her 2010 trip to Tanzania. She talked about the challenges Tanzanians face daily in terms of schooling, food, and water.

Principal Judy Hinck leads an afternoon chapel service at Gethsemane Lutheran School in Maplewood, Minnesota. Metro Lutheran photo: Bob Hulteen

When second-grade teacher Karen Erban later heard a radio report about the need for clean, accessible water for children in Tanzania, the kids decided they wanted to make a difference by raising money for wells.
The class “did the math” and discovered that, if each student in the school raised only $35, the school could fund a well. Second-graders shared their vision with other students at chapel, and launched a fundraiser.
Middle school students held a Valentine’s Day “I have a Crush on you” fundraiser selling cans of pop with secret-admirer messages. This activity raised $200.
Kira Fallert, a Gethsemane second-grader and one of the students who researched the cost of wells, is shoveling driveways and sidewalks to make money. She also went to her church, Grace of God Evangelical Lutheran Church (independent) in Oakdale, Minnesota, with a request for support.
The main fundraising event will be a Sweet Colleens concert at Gethsemane, 2410 Stillwater Road East, Maplewood, at 6:00 p.m., on April 15. Tickets are $5 per individual and $20 per family. The Sweet Colleens are a Celtic folk-rock alternative country band. For more information, call 651/739-7540.

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