Nearly 4,000 middle schoolers – from local middle schools and those across the United States, Canada and Malaysia – will learn about the need for safe drinking water in South Sudan through events hosted by student leaders of MCC’s Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project. Water for South Sudan founder Salva Dut and award-winning local author Linda Sue Park will participate in the events.
Park’s New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water, published in 2010 by Clarion Books, is a based on the true story of Dut, one of some 3,800 Sudanese “Lost Boys” airlifted to the United States beginning in the mid-1990s. The book is available in seven languages and is part of the New York State Education Department’s Common Core English Language Arts curriculum. Park won the 2002 Newbery Medal for her book A Single Shard, considered the year’s most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
In addition to the 7th annual Walk for Water on Sunday, October 5 at MCC, the college community is encouraged to participate in:
A Conversation with Salva Dut and Linda Sue Park
Noon Wednesday, October 8 (college community and middle school students)
7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 (college and community presentation)
Theatre, Building 4
Free; tickets required and available online at http://www.monroecctickets.com
Students in approximately 45 schools across 23 states, the District of Columbia and Canada will watch Dut and Park’s presentation via live video feed on Oct. 8. Students and teachers from Rochester City, Greece and Victor central school districts, as well as local charter schools, will attend live presentations on MCC’s Brighton Campus earlier in the day. A school in Malaysia will view a videotaped recording the following day to accommodate the time difference.
and Human Rights Project