In the news… Columbia Intermediate School has a great project, inspired by a book, to help provide safe water to villages in South Sudan, Africa. The book is “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park. It is about the great demands put upon women and girls in the South Sudan to walk long distances to get water, and the water is often not even safe to drink. The solution is to drill wells for these villages. It costs about $15,000 to drill one well, and the students at Columbia Intermediate have been fundraising for this project since they read the book. The 300 sixth graders also did a mile long walk around the school, carrying jugs of water to experience how hard it is. At left is Kings Superintendent Valerie Browning. Columbia staff members who visited us are Principal Shelley Detmer-Bogaert, 5th-6th grade Language Arts teacher Holly Mueller, and 6th grade Language Arts Social Studies Teacher Tracy Kleis. This week, our club donated $500 to help the students reach their goal of $5000 to donate to the project.