From Idaho to Botswana: Educators Empowering Educators
The work of an elementary school is so fundamentally important in helping to develop and educate young minds. One Idaho school teacher decided to take her curriculum a step further then just the usual book learning.
Tricia Poppy of Longfellow Elementary was teaching a unit on Botswana in her third grade class but felt that teaching the unit in class shouldn’t be the end of it. While doing research on Botswana she came across an already established project Connect for Water had going on with a preschool in Botswana. Ms. Poppy reached out to Connect For Water and wanted to champion a project, raising funds at her school for filters.
She understood the impact that could be made and the education benefit from learning about a country and then getting her students engaged with problems that a classroom in Botswana would face, like not having clean water, which can be taken for granted in the U.S.
Because of this project, 20 filters are now providing clean water to classrooms at the Kgomodiatshaba Primary School. The class in Idaho was able to raise $500 which was matched by the school and then used to purchase the filters which are now used in the individual classrooms at the primary school providing clean water for the school kids.
There is so much power in such a seemingly small fundraiser that all it took was one teacher wanting to deepen the impact that her students would have while learning about another country. So she decides to make a difference in the lives of school kids and educators in a school in Botswana.
She not only made an impact on the lives of kids in Botswana, but the lives of kids in her Idaho community where her students had the ability to learn and connect with a problem and find a solution that helps the Botswana school kids in the long term.