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Baldwin Partners with H2O for Life
Posted 02/26/2016 01:51PM

On February 25, Baldwin’s students heard adventurer and safe water advocate, Katie Spotz, talk about her world record-breaking solo row across the Atlantic Ocean. Spotz has shared her adventures with students across the country to raise awareness about the global water crisis and to inspire youth to help solve it.

In this nationwide initiative to raise $250,000 for water projects in the developing world, Spotz has partnered with H2O for Life, a nonprofit service-learning organization, to inspire 30,000 students from 50 schools across the United States to help partner schools from the developing world gain access to clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene education. By telling inspirational stories of her own adventures, Spotz will remind students that everyone can tackle bigger problems than their own and make a difference in the lives of others, while becoming energized global citizens and activists for change.

Since her record-breaking row in 2010, Spotz has made it her mission to bring awareness to the plight of billions of people around the world who suffer from a lack of safe drinking water. By speaking to groups and organizations around the country and sharing her personal stories of triumph, she has inspired thousands of people to believe that extraordinary achievements are within everyone’s grasp.

This year, Baldwin has incorporated a service component into its Family Gatherings. The Baldwin community is grouped into 40 "families," with each family comprised of students from every grade, as well as members of the faculty and staff. Meeting six times per year, these student-led meetings build community and allow for theme-based discussions and projects. The goal this year is to raise awareness and funds to build a handwashing station in Nicaragua with the help of H20 for Life. Baldwin’s “families,” along with various classes throughout the three divisions, will then participate in raising the necessary $1,000 for the Ocotillo School's handwashing station in Nicaragua.

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