Imagine if you had to walk a mile each morning to access clean water for the day. Students at a Rotary-sponsored club in Evanston are staging a mile-long walk on Wednesday in an effort to raise money for a water well project in Haiti.

They figure it will take about $15,000 to make that happen, via the auspices of Haiti Outreach, and are using the waterwalk as a way to demonstrate the effort involved in a Haitian community to obtain potable water.

Sponsoring the walk is the Rotary-affiliated Interact Club at Beacon Academy, a Montessori-based independent high school located at 1574 Sherman Ave., where the walk will begin.

One of six weekly walks scheduled by the group in September and October, this one will begin at the school at 2 p.m. Wednesday and its route to Lake Michigan will equal the mile that many Haitians have to make on a daily basis.

The students will also carry a bucket with them to experience the physical stress involved in lugging a heavy bucket of water for a mile.

The club’s fundraising efforts will culminate when a group of eight students from Beacon travel to Haiti to work with the community receiving the clean water well. They will help prepare the well and celebrate its inauguration with the local community.

This is the academy’s fourth school year in Evanston. Current enrollment is about 175 students, including many in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, in grades 9-12.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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