Sixth grade students read the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Par and were moved by the book. In this book readers are introduced to two characters living in Sudan, and both face hardships in their lives at very early ages. One character’s story is true, and the other one is fictional. Salva Dut, a young boy, survived being a “Lost Boy of Sudan,” and the other character Nya, who represents any young girl living in Sudan, must walk eight miles each day to collect water for her family. The two characters come together at the end of the book in a surprising way. When students finished the book, they welcomed Helen Fielding (a JTD mom) to the classroom to speak about her experiences while filming a BBC documentary in Sudan and visiting one of the refugee camps mentioned in the book. Students were very inspired after reading about the plights of Salva and Nya, and they wanted to make a difference.
Twelve of our fierce 5th graders competed in their 3rd competition of the year. They researched, rehearsed, and ruled the show as they debated seven other schools in the league, taking away at least one win each!
Congratulations to all competitors! You make us very proud!
Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.