LINDEN, NJ - Dozens of students at Soehl Middle School in Linden will embark on a unique journey on January 9, 2020 to raise awareness ahead of International Women’s Day coming in March.

Each student will carry around a gallon of water throughout the school day on Thursday, Jan. 9, to develop empathy for girls their age in developing nations who can’t go to school because they must spend their day retrieving water from distant wells.

The project is the idea of social studies teacher Michael D’Amato, who showed his students a documentary earlier in the school year about the millions of girls worldwide who can’t go to school because they must do chores.

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“I thought having the students physically carry the gallon of water throughout the school day could serve as a neat empathy activity for them to reflect and write about, and get them more plugged into the class material we learn about during Women’s History Month,” D’Amato said.

He expects 40 to 50 students to take part in the “One-Gallon Challenge” and hopes that having this project two months before International Women’s Day on March 8 will spark interest in a larger event throughout the school and district on March 6.

The “One-Gallon Challenge” will take place at Soehl Middle School located at 300 E. Henry St., on Jan. 9, 2:15 p.m.

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