My name is Samuel Hafner and I am the principal of Liberty Bell Elementary School located in Coopersburg, PA. Recently our students completed their annual reading program. This year the theme was the upcoming Summer Olympics. I set a very lofty goal for our students: Every student will earn at least one gold medal. If the students achieved this I would then walk to school from my home (12.5 miles). Though the students did not achieve the goal completely, they still earned a total of 1,040 medals which is tremendous! Thus, I have decided to still reward the students by walking to school. But rewarding the students is not the only thing I hope to achieve by this walk...
I am also inspired to be a part of such a worthwhile cause and I hope that you will join me. The Water Project changes lives in a way that is measurable and sustainable. As a parent and an educator, I want to "walk the talk.” I see this as an ideal opportunity to inspire our children to look beyond their own environment at Liberty Bell as we encourage responsibility and generosity.
My walk for water means something to me personally because a lack of access to clean water affects education. If you are sick, you cannot go to school. If teachers are sick, classes are canceled. If you are too busy fetching water, you cannot study. Without clean water it is much harder to grow food, and hungry children are not good students. These struggles make poverty inevitable.
A child dies every 15 seconds from a lack of clean water.
I will be walking on Tuesday, May 29th. Please consider a donation. Every dollar donated through this link will help to fund a designated project in Sierra Leone. Though you may not be able to join me along the walk, let's work together to make a difference in people's lives. You can be a part of the solution. I encourage you to forward this to anyone and everyone, plaster it on Facebook and support me and the community as we strive to make a difference.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”-Mahatma Gandhi
|09/20/12||Liberty Bell PTA||$115.00|
|08/14/12||Corinne A Orts Gunkle||$25.00|
|08/07/12||Amelia Cassaday||$175.00||You have inspired me to collect donations for the Water Project instead of receiving birthday presents from my friends. Thank you for showing us how to "walk the walk" and put your w|
|07/11/12||Shannon Phillips||$20.00||Great project!! Good Luck!!|
|06/26/12||Liberty Bell Elementary||$150.00||Your staff supports you Mr. Hafner!|
|06/07/12||Cindy Sterrett||$25.00||Dedication and honesty are being shown to all Liberty Bell kids! Thanks for being YOU, Sam!|
|06/07/12||The Lindsay Family||$50.00||Making Liberty Bell and Southern Lehigh Proud!|
|06/05/12||Margie Hollinshead||$25.00||You make us proud!|
|06/05/12||Douglas A. Lang||$50.00|
|06/01/12||Sofia and Frankie Boensch||$32.00||We're so proud of you that you walked so far!|
|05/31/12||Vicki Burgos||$50.00||Way to go Mr. Hafner!!!|
|05/31/12||Lori Limpar||$75.00||Way to go Sam! From Hopewell staff|
|05/30/12||Leigh Ann LaKose||$100.00||congrats on your successful walk. your neighbors& friends Leigh Ann & Leo|
|05/30/12||Tom and Sandy Ahlstrom||$25.00||Hurrah for you, Sam!! What a landmark project to promote!! We were thinking of you yesterday. . Great effort!|
|05/29/12||Brian Smith||$50.00||Great job motivating the kids to read more books. I wish you were my principal!|
|05/29/12||David Lang||$20.00||What an amazing effort Sam! Can't wait to hear about the 12 mile walk. Makes us so proud of you. David and Crystal|
|05/29/12||Laurissa Kashmer||$100.00||You set such a phenomenal example. Thanks for being such a great principal.|
|05/29/12||William Corvino||$250.00||You rock Mr. Hafner! Thanks for being a great principal and role model!|
|05/29/12||Dorothy "Patti" Mohr||$50.00||Thanks for all you do!|
|05/29/12||Sam & Nick Bull||$50.00||Best of luck on the walk Mr Hafner!!|
|05/28/12||Nancy Whiteman||$50.00||Go Sam! We are proud of you!|
|05/28/12||The Ruch Family||$50.00||âI am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.â Helen Ke|
|05/28/12||Kate & Kyle Nord||$50.00||Thank you for leading by example and being such a positive presence in our community.|
|05/28/12||Emily Talierco||$30.00||Go Mr. Hafner! We are proud of you!|
|05/28/12||Linda Milliman||$50.00||You're the best, Sam...thanks for all you do!!|
|05/28/12||Elda and Armando GarcÃa||$30.00||Â¡Buena suerte en la caminata! This is a great cause!|
|05/28/12||Bamberger family||$25.00||Best of luck with your walk!|
|05/28/12||Kelly Dougherty||$30.00||So proud of you, Mr. Hafner!|
|05/27/12||Janet and Allen Miltenberger||$50.00||This is a great cause Sam! We support you all the way!!|
|05/27/12||Ann Greenzweig||$25.00||Snooperiffic! Snoopy likes the idea of clean water in his water dish, too!|
|05/26/12||James Straub||$30.00||OGO Pride, Sam! Your efforts are a true testament to who you are, keep up the great work!|
|05/25/12||Gretchen Hoff||$20.00||Liberty Bell Pride!|
|05/22/12||Harold Millman||$25.00||The Millman family wish to thank Mr Hafner for his efforts and for bringing this problem to the attention of the people here in Upper Saucon Township and SLSD|
|05/22/12||Leah Christman||$80.00||Go Sam! We are so proud of what you are doing for our kids and the water project!From your Admin Team!|
|05/22/12||Brianna Stock||$20.00||Liberty Bell Pride!|
|05/21/12||The Psaila Family||$100.00||Mr. Hafner, you are such a great example for the kids at Liberty Bell. You work hard and always give 110%!|
|05/21/12||Jack Cacace||$25.00||Goooooooo Mr. Hafner!!|
|05/21/12||Lizzie Cacace||$25.00||Go Mr. Hafner - you can do it!!|
|05/21/12||Tamlin Ferguson||$25.00||Thank you for inspiring others!!!|
|05/21/12||Maurer Family||$20.00||Go Mr. Hafner!|
|05/20/12||Elyse Paugh||$50.00||Good Luck!!!!!!!|
|05/20/12||Jake Paugh||$50.00||You go Mr. Hafner!!!!!!|
|05/20/12||Maricelis G Matsinger||$25.00|
|05/18/12||Larry Glantz||$15.00||Hey Sam...donating $5 each for Rocko, Liecy and myself...you are awesome and we want to support your effort...thanks for all you do and have done...let me know when you are ready to visit LV...LG|
|05/17/12||Jack Johnson||$25.00||Good luck walking to school, Mr. Hafner!|
|05/17/12||Kim&Alyssa Adams||$25.00||Good luck & be safe !|
|05/17/12||Peter Slay||$100.00||'Most Obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them.' - Orison Swett Marden|
|05/17/12||The Scozzafava Family||$50.00||You are an inspiration in so many ways. Thanks for all you've done at Liberty Bell for our children.|
|05/16/12||Wes Hyduke||$15.00||Go for it Sammy!|
|05/16/12||Samuel Hafner||$50.00||As a school and community, let's work together and make a difference! Thank you all for your encouragement and support!|
|05/16/12||Paul Sabino||$25.00||Here ya go Mr. H! From all of us. Keep up the good work.|
|05/16/12||Timothy Gill||$100.00||Good Luck on your long walk!! Meow from your the crazy morning dog and family!|
|05/16/12||Gloria Montes-Kelly||$30.00||!Gracias por ser un buen modelo para nuestros estudiantes!|
|05/16/12||Vickie Maund||$40.00||Mr Hafner, You are such a positive example to your students. Thank You!|
|05/16/12||Charles OKeefe||$25.00||You are truly an inspiration to our community!|
|05/16/12||Kelly Fitzmaurice||$25.00||And away he goes! :)|
|05/16/12||Laura Sunners||$25.00||Way to go, Mr. Hafner!|
|05/16/12||Tracy L Stough||$25.00||Come one Coopersburg and Liberty Bell...let's support Mr. Hafner in this most noble cause!|
Did you know nearly 1 billion people don't have safe water to drink?
Together, we can change that. Let's fund a new source of drinking water for those who suffer needlessly without it!
Our gifts will be used to construct or rehabilitate a water project, like a well or sand dam, in Africa. We'll see pictures, GPS coordinates, and updates as they come in from the actual water project we fund so we can celebrate the results along with the community we help.
The Water Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization unlocking human potential by providing clean, safe water to communities around the world who suffer needlessly without.
Working with local partners in countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Uganda, we build long lasting water projects that are organized, owned and managed by the communities receiving them.
Together, with our partners we identify, implement, report on and follow up on every project. Then we share the whole story with you to inspire confidence in the work being done and the impact it has.