An old proverb says, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride," but Windermere Elementary School students hope "wishes mean water" for villagers in Uganda who struggle to find clean drinking water.
The Windermere 5K Wish Run to benefit the Ugandan Water Project will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in front of the school at 4101 Windermere Road. A one-mile Fun Run follows at 10 a.m.
The registration fee is $18 per person before race day and $20 the day of the race. People may register online at premierraces.com or pick up a brochure with an application at the school. Call 614-487-5060 with questions.
Second-grade teacher Pam Dobies said last year's race yielded more than $3,500 for Nationwide Children's Hospital.
She said students will hold a pep rally to kick off the Wish Run at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, May 8, and they will walk the mile around the school to "walk a mile for those who live without clean drinking water."
"Windermere students elected the Ugandan Water Project as the Wish Run charity because of the school's global education study of Africa and thus, the students' heightened awareness of the lack of clean drinking water in Uganda," she said.
The Ugandan Water Project is an effort to provide cistern tanks to collect rain water as a clean water source. More information is available online at ugandanwaterproject.com.
Dobies said the pep rally and walk revisit a school theme to "Walk a Mile in My Shoes."
"In the fall, each student and staff member walked a mile for someone for whom he or she had empathy," she said. "Each also wore a sign in honor of someone. Now we will walk a mile for those who live without clean drinking water."
The school also offers a running club to students interested in preparing for the race.
Dobies said students were invited to make posters for the project; the winning poster design will appear on the Wish Run T-shirt.
People who cannot participate on race day may send donations for the project in care of Pam Dobies at Windermere School, 4101 Windermere Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43220. Checks should be made out to Windermere Wish Run.
Dobies said the Wish Run is a valuable project for the students and all involved.
"I love service learning because it teaches children how to use their gifts and talents to make a difference in the world," she said. "It gives them an opportunity to connect their learning with passion and purpose. It helps them develop into leaders with a conscience."