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Students walk for children in Africa

WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - Fifth and sixth graders in Wisconsin Rapids were tasked with walking two miles carrying heavy jugs of water.
Their teacher wanted them to better understand what the children in Africa have to go through everyday.
But when Courtney Hahn's class at the Immanuel Lutheran School arrived on Friday morning, they had no idea what their teacher had planned.
Hahn says she was inspired by the best selling book "A Long Walk to Water," and she wanted to give her students a walk to remember.
"I wanted to share this book with my students because we're incredibly blessed and we take so many everyday things for granted," said Hahn.
The book highlights the incredible struggle that children in Sudan, a country in Africa, have to go through everyday just to get water.
The students carried empty jugs two miles from their school to the Wisconsin River.
"It was fine for the first couple of minutes and then it kind of got a little tiring," said sixth grader Carson Guck.
Once the students arrived at the river they filled their jugs and headed back to school, but not before pausing for reflection.
"I feel bad for them because they have to carry even more then we do a farther distance," said fifth grader Kylie Kronstedt.
"They do it everyday and we only had to do this once," added sixth grader Regan Schroeder.
Students made it back and didn't want to waste the water. So they emptied their jugs by watering the plants around the school.
"Every morning when they wake up they have to walk down to either a hole full of water or a river or a pond, then they have to fill up there jugs and walk farther then we walked today," said Schroeder.
Students tell Newsline 9 they learned a valuable lesson--appreciating what they have.
Now they want to help the children in Africa any way they can.
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