The Coins for Cleaner Water campaign really struck a chord with me, as I had been searching for a service-related activity for my chemistry club.
Here was an example where chemistry could directly impact and improve the lives of people, especially children. Simultaneously, I was intrigued by the ACS ChemClub’s suggestion to do an “emergency shower dunk” as a fundraiser idea. Since the water that comes out of the emergency shower is undrinkable (putting it lightly) why not use it to show how abundant water is for us and have a little fun at the same time?
I solicited the help of our faculty and staff and 4 brave teachers offered their names to collect money. Another teacher really talked it up in her classroom and motivated students to donate. We collected over $80 and we hope to do this again next year!
Before the dunking I showed this video illustrating the water crisis to bring attention to WHY I was getting dunked:
(This video is from a different charity. ACS is currently supporting Children’s Safe Drinking Water.)
It’s easy to lose sight of the big picture with what we do in the classroom; I wanted to make sure the link between the dunking and the water crisis was as explicit as possible.
By hook or by crook, I made sure I won and here is the result: