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Opinion - October 8, 2021

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Help developing countries get clean, safe water

Clean and safe drinking water is something we take for granted in Pleasanton. But for many in developing countries like Haiti and Africa, this is not the case. Please join us on Saturday (Oct. 9) for a Walk4Water fundraiser.

Many villages in developing countries do not have clean or safe water. Every day women and children walk an average of four miles to collect water in ponds and streams. This keeps these countries in poverty since the children cannot go to school because so much time is spent collecting water.

Furthermore, the water they collect is unsafe because it is not filtered. Walk4Water provides funds both for drills to access the water under the ground in the village, and for pumps to pull the water up. These wells provide not only safe, clean water but also water that is now available within the village -- eliminating the need to walk for miles.

In 2019, Pleasant View Church of Christ in Pleasanton raised over $8,500, which was enough to build one well. Last year the walk was canceled due to COVID.

If you want to support this great cause, please go to https://www.hhi.org/walk4water/pleasanton-ca-2021.

This site allows people to register to walk. If people do not want to walk themselves, they can sponsor a church member by pledging a dollar amount per mile walked. Furthermore, the community can still donate funds for up to 30 days after the event.

-- Minister Chris Kearney,

Pleasant View Church of Christ

Defending Walnut Grove

To the author of last week's Letter, "On Walnut Grove," it seems you write an opinionated editorial without many facts. Let me just say you are definitely in the minority when it comes to your student "disliking" teachers at Walnut Grove Elementary School.

The Grove is one of the top elementary schools in Pleasanton. Despite the transition of principals which Walnut Grove and neighboring Harvest Park have had, the schools succeed by putting students education first.

Teachers want their students to like them, but if they don't, they still teach the material and love the student. The reason these two schools are so successful is because of the teachers.

Administration will come and go. Teachers are there for the long haul. They love their students and work tirelessly one on one with them to insure their success. The teachers work together and support one another like a family.

I have had two daughters go through Walnut Grove and Harvest Park. I know your child and my daughters, along with hundreds of thousand more, will be successful in life because of the loving teachers that set their important foundation for education. So thank you teachers for everything you do!

-- Esther Mullikin

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