May 22, 2018
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Fourth-grade project raises $5,000 for clean water in Third World country

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

BATH, Maine — Fourth-graders at Fisher Mitchell School in Bath have successfully completed a $5,000 fundraising effort that will put a clean-water well near a school in a Third World country.

The students have been working for most of the year to raise the money through various means, including teaming up with ice cream maker Shain’s of Maine to produce and sell a bright blue variety called H2O, which stands for both the molecular makeup of water and “Help to Others.”

According to Tammy Baxter, the teacher who led the class through the project, the effort beat its goal by a mere 11 cents, though the milestone was achieved four days prior to the end-of-May deadline.

“It was an amazing effort by all,” Baxter said in an email to the Bangor Daily News.

In addition to the sale of the H2O ice cream and project T-shirts at Dot’s Ice Cream Shop in Bath, funding came from a range of other initiatives from events to people from around the world sending donations — even when they have no connection to Bath.

The water project, which is being administered by an organization called Charity: Water, will result in a well somewhere in Africa or possibly Latin America. Baxter has said she intends to visit the site, wherever it is, after the well is installed.

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