Round Rock middle students go on shower strike for a good cause


Round Rock (KXAN) — Class time at two Round Rock I.S.D. middle schools will get a bit interesting this week as about 1,500 students have vowed to go without showering for a week.

The sweet, albeit smelly vow, is for a good cause. Students are raising money to build water systems in East Africa.

“Thinking about having contaminated water, and getting sick from that, not being able to go to school, that’s a lot of setbacks,” seventh grader Hibah Ahmed said.

Between the Grisham Grizzlies and the Hernandez Bulldogs, the schools hope to raise $6,500. Each student has to raise five dollars. Click here to learn how to help their cause.

Historically, the kids have the right idea. Shower strikes work. In the past, other groups have raised more than a million dollars to help people in East Africa.

Water related announcements go out regularly over the school intercom and colorful posters decorate the hallways. Even some teachers and the principal are participating. 

“It’s worth it, if it means a whole community in Tanzania is getting sustainable water, then wow,” Grisham Principal Paige Hadziselimovic.

By giving up showers, the students are trying to relate, even if only in a small way, to the struggles these children deal with every day. 

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