In November, nearly 50 Grade 6 students from Emerald Ridge Elementary School (ERES) visited Regina's Wascana Center for two purposes. The first was to visit exhibits at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, looking at the biodiversity in Saskatchewan, and preparing for science after the holiday break. The second reason was to join a school ERES Grade 6 collaborated with during Global Read Aloud – an initiative that brings classrooms from other schools together to read. ERES organized with students from Mother Theresa Middle School in Regina, and a class in Ontario, to share opinions about the book, A Long Walk to Water, every week. The book followed the story of two 11 year olds in Sudan, during two different eras.
Once done the book, Mother Theresa Middle School organized a Walk for Water to help bring attention to the struggle some face to survive in their countries. ERES Grade 6 students joined the walk. First, they walked 2.5 KM to pick up 11L water jugs, and then in groups of five, the students walked those jugs another 4 KM to the finish line. Members from each school worked together, and all participants took their turn to experience a fraction of the struggle faced by the one of the main characters.