Stillwater Jr. High Students Aim to Break World Record, Help South Sudan

Updated: 05/21/2014 10:54 AM
Created: 05/20/2014 4:31 PM
By: Brandi Powell

Students at a Stillwater Junior High School spent Tuesday trying to break a record, and help a community half a world away. They partnered up with local nonprofit H2O For Life, and carried water on their heads to help with a water crisis in South Sudan.

It was no ordinary school day.

Instead of simply being known as Stillwater Jr./High School students, they're trying - with their yellow bracelets and clicker counters - to become record holders. "We are trying to break the Guinness world record," said Sara Damon, a Geography Teacher.

"Stillwater Middle School has been amazing," said Patty Hall, President of H2O For Life. "In the past five years, they have raised over $50,000 for water for South Sudan, putting wells in to that war-torn country that really has no access to water."

And they're not stopping there. Right now, the world record for the number of people carrying water jugs on their heads is 474, but they were working to break that record with 1,200.

That means 120 gallons of water. "I feel really good," said Principal Chuck Ochocki. "I think we'll get it."

All the jugs are going to the local food shelf, Valley Outreach.

"I just hope that when they leave here they take that idea of being involved locally and globally with them and apply it to whatever issue they're interested in," Damon said. "It doesn't have to be water, but, do something."

So, did they break the record?

We're told the unofficial count was 1,145.

They'll send in a final packet to Guinness World Records, and expect to get "official word" by late summer.

About 40 schools in the Twin Cities partner with H2O For Life.


Photo: KSTP/ Brandi Powell

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