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October is that time of the school year where everything just lands on you, whether you’re a teacher or a parent or a student. The easy beginning-of-school homework has made way in favor of more challenging projects, essay, and reading assignments, which means more grading for me. It’s also parent conference time, so the kids are all trying to turn in missing assignments from the past two months before their parents come in! Needless to say, October is stressful for me (and probably you too), and I can get a little grumpy and tired.
But you know what cures that for me? A dose of good ol’ perspective!
While I’m grading a big stack of papers (and my students are busy writing more of them), across the world, women and girls in Ethiopia face struggles far more serious. Did you know that many children in Ethiopia cannot even attend school because of the time-consuming task of fetching water for their families? They each carry a 40 pound jerry can of water, sometimes for hours. What’s even more devastating is that often it’s water that’s not even safe to drink.
That is why Emergen-C® has partnered with charity:water to create the #40Pounds Challenge! Emergen-C® is packed with B vitamins, antioxidants† , electrolytes plus more vitamin C than 10 oranges^. With over 20 flavors, you have plenty of delicious varieties to choose from. I always keep Emergen-C® in my desk drawer, and you can find it in the vitamin aisle of your local Walmart!
Participating in the challenge is SUPER EASY. For real. There are two steps:
- Take a photo of yourself holding something that weighs about 40 pounds (or anything that is heavy).
- Upload your photo to Instagram or Twitter using #40Pounds and tagging @EmergenC.
Here’s my example photo:
That’s all you have to do! For every photo you upload, Emergen-C® will donate $5 to charity:water, now through October 31. The money raised will be used to fund projects to bring clean and safe drinking water to communities in Ethiopia.
If you are a teacher, a student, or a parent of a student, you can amplify this effect even more! After I learned about the #40Pounds Challenge, I decided to introduce it to our school. Our entire middle school will be participating in the challenge this month, and hopefully raising a LOT of money for charity:water!
To bring the #40Pounds Challenge to your school, follow these steps.
- Get in touch with the person “in charge.” For me, this was our middle school deans, but it might be your child’s teacher, or even the principal of the school. Get permission first, especially since you’ll be using social media.
- Introduce the #40Pounds Challenge to the students! This is the fun part. I had several teachers bring something heavy to our middle school meeting, and then I asked for some student volunteers to hold the objects. As I explained to the group about the water crisis in Ethiopia, the student volunteers had to stand there holding the heavy items!
- Afterwards, I allowed them to put the objects down, and I discussed the idea of empathy. I shared that they can practice empathy by taking a photo with a heavy object and doing the #40Pounds Challenge, as long as they have a parent’s consent and follow the terms of Instagram. Make sure you remind them to use #40Pounds and to tag @Emergen-C.
- If you’d like to be able to track the photos, assign them an additional hashtag unique to your school, like #PRHSTritonsGiveBack. Then you can search by that hashtag to see the photos posted by your school.
I’ll be posting #40Pounds pictures throughout October as a way to help out, and to help me remember how fortunate I am to be able to teach at a great school and have clean water every morning. Don’t forget to post your own photo for the #40Pounds Challenge and pick up some Emergen-C® immune system support* at Walmart for your own desk drawer!
† Zinc and Manganese ^Based on the USDA.gov nutrient database value for a large, raw orange. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.