World Water Week on tap at Chief Sealth IHS again this year

February 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 2 Comments

We take it for granted, turning or pulling a handle and getting it instantly … but water is no sure bet for so many other parts of the world. That’s why Chief Sealth International High School is about to embark on its third annual World Water Week. The mid-March start is more than a month away, but Sealth staff and students are already getting ready.

In that photo are student leaders who spoke during a staff workshop yesterday afternoon focused on issues related to the lessons and events that will be part of WWW – including global sanitation and wastewater.

Social studies teacher Noah Zeichner, who is in his third year as faculty leader for WWW at Sealth, says this year’s keynoter – with a presentation open to the community, preceded by a Water and Health Resource Fair – will be Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Organization, on March 19th. 2.6 billion people in the world have no access to toilets, so it’s a big deal – here’s a preview:

Meet Mr. Toilet | Jessica Yu from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

Town Hall Seattle is co-sponsoring Sim’s appearance, as announced here.

Admission will be free – thanks in part to a fundraiser in which they’re partnering with Seavuria, connecting local students with counterparts in Kenya. Zeichner says you’ll be hearing from student “champions” as they “reach out to family, friends, and community to help support these important global programs at Chief Sealth International.” You can chip in by going to their fundraising page.

2 Comments

  1. I saw a documentary about this guy. He is doing INCREDIBLE work. This is a *maybe THE* biggest public health issue in the developing world, and causes countless diseases including cholera. Children are dying every day because communities have poor sanitation due to the lack of facilities. He is facing the issue head-on and taking the stigma out of a basic human funtion and its impact on health and the environment.

    I LOVE THIS GUY!

    Comment by Evergreen — 10:55 am February 10, 2013 #

  2. Make plans to go and bring your family/friends if you can – we’ve covered WWW every year and the student organizers (as well as faculty/staff like Noah Zeichner) put a lot into this and I’m sure would be thrilled to see a full house for the keynote in particular – TR

    Comment by WSB — 11:18 am February 10, 2013 #

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