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About the WaterThon
For the past several years, second graders at the Bradford Elementary School in Montclair, NJ have been holding an annual WaterThon, in partnership with the international nonprofit The Project Solution. This event raises money for water-related projects in developing countries like Indonesia and Uganda.
During the school year, the students learn about the water cycle and water scarcity issues. Then at the WaterThon second graders walk a small outdoor loop while carrying one gallon jugs of water to give the students a small sense of the challenges children face in other countries. The last few years students have fundraised for projects located in the poorest regions of North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
About the Documentary Project
While the WaterThon has been taking place for the last seven years, the voices of the children who participated in these inspirational and life-changing projects have never been captured on film. These second grade students truly are the philanthropists of tomorrow, demonstrating that a little effort and a lot of care can change the lives of others. It’s an incredible, powerful story that is worthy of being heard and shared.
The overarching message for this anticipated short-documentary project will be centered around “children helping children.” The students of the Bradford Elementary School are helping to bring the most basic of human needs – water – to a group of students on the other side of the world. Our goal is to create a short film (approximately 15 minutes in length) about how this community of second graders is making a difference for other children their own age. Cinematography will be provided by James Weber and Emmy Award winning actor Michael Emerson will provide narration for the finished film.
The Project Scope
The first half of this project has already been completed and includes footage captured from the 2018 WaterThon event, interviews with students who have participated over the past seven years, the second grade teachers, and the school’s principal.
This campaign will provide us the opportunity to complete the second half of the documentary project. Funds are needed to travel to Indonesia to capture the stories from the students and staff there, in order to show the direct impact of the completed water projects at the schools in Indonesia. This documentary will showcase the story of one community of children learning a lesson that transcends the classroom: the value of helping others.
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