Local Students Take Water Concerns Global0
At The Knox school of Santa Barbara, the 5th and 6th graders have been immersed in the study
of water. From its chemical composition to the unique role it plays in creating and sustaining life,
the students spent much of the fall learning about water.
Now, three students at the school are taking their studies one step further, launching a clean
water service learning project. The student-driven initiative started with a bake sale last Monday,
with funds going to organizations dedicated to addressing the water crisis in Ethiopia and in
Flint, Michigan. Moving forward, the students plan to work with students at other schools to
foster partnerships in this fundraising drive. This project also inspired multiple members of the
school community to match the proceeds from the bake sale, thereby increasing the benefit to
these organizations and augmenting the work the students initiated.
As one parent commented, “I know this is a simple gesture by Knox students, but it is a direct
result of Knox’s consistent nurturing of the students’ deep concern for social issues, encouraging
them to pursue causes they are passionate about, and helping them learn how to use their voice
This project is a shining example of the unique learning environment offered at The Knox
School, a school in downtown Santa Barbara, founded four years ago to educate and support
GIFTED AND TALENTED LEARNERS. The school’s unique integrated curriculum model
nurtures students’ deep concerns for global issues, encouraging and teaching them to take a
leadership role to effect the change they want to see.