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Fifth Grade Students Take "A Long Walk to Water" and Gain Understanding of World Issues

Fifth graders at Hemby Bridge now appreciate the needs of many countries around the world after reading the true story of a Sudanese “Lost Boy”, in A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.  Students encountered the challenges of many villages and communities in Africa that face the obstacle of obtaining fresh clean water to drink.  In the book, students learned about Nya,   a girl in South Sudan whose village suffers from drought and water shortages. Alongside the story of Nya is the true story of Salva, one of approximately 3,800 Sudanese “Lost Boys” who were adopted by families in the United States in the mid 1990s. Before leaving Africa, Salva experienced war and was forced to travel hundreds of miles before ultimately relocating to Kenya. During his journey, he faced starvation, animal attacks and disease. Later after his adoption by an American family, he returned to South Sudan to build wells to bring fresh water to the region.

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Hemby Bridge Students Learn About Africa

Students at Hemby Bridge have been learning about other countries and cultures all year, but April was a special month. On April 25, our entire school enjoyed presentations on Africa from World in Our Backyard. Students learned about people, animals, musical instruments, and the land of Africa. Each student was dressed in a bright print outfit and we danced to the rhythms of this fascinating continent! 

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