It all started when Longview Elementary fifth grade teacher Linda Sue Park read a book called A Long Walk to Water.
She told NBC DFW, "In that book, it details how there are kids, they are just kids, having to walk back and forth all day trying to bring clean water back to their village. Many of these kids can’t even go to school, because they have to spend the time getting the water to the people they live with."
After reading the book, Ward assigned it to her class, and after her students read it, they wanted to take action. Ward said, "They decided that they wanted to do something. They wanted to find out if there was any way that they could help. So, we started raising the money, but we didn’t quite reach our goal. The kids then did a little more and they were able to raise $10,000 in order to build a new well.”
Not only does Ward say this was a lesson in kindness for her students, but a lesson in helping her students understand that there are many kids in the world less fortunate than them, and they should be thankful for all of the opportunities they receive.
She says, "I hope that people will listen more than they speak and that they will try to empathize with others and try to understand others' problems. It just inspires me. Sometimes we think kids can’t do a big thing. These kids did a big thing."