Sixth grade Overland Park class gets a boost in raising funds to build well so more students in Sudan have clean water

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Students at Christ Lutheran School are raising money for a water project in  Sudan by holding a turkey trot, and to give them a boost, their principal nominated them for FOX 4's Pay-It-Forward Award.

A sixth grade class at a Christian Academy in Overland Park was so touched after meeting the author of a book talking about the water problems in Sudan that they decided to do something about it.

The class set a goal to raise $15,000 so a well can be built in Sudan. Without a well, people in the community must walk miles with buckets to obtain clean drinking water.

Principal Steve Vandemark decided to nominated the classroom for FOX 4's Pay-It-Forward Award with hopes that the $300 will help the students meet their goal.

"So proud of you," Vandemark said when presenting the class with the award. "It's from your heart, and it's going to make a huge difference for those kids. They're not going to have to walk and carry 40-pound buckets back and forth to school. They can now go to school, and have that honor and privilege to do that."

Watch the video above to see the sixth graders' joyful reaction.

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