Melrose Park, IL — After raising over $4000 in 2012, students at Walther Christian Academy took on an even more ambitious goal of $5000 for this year’s September 29th event. The motivation for the increase was the desire to provide five fresh water wells for five villages overseas. These wells will decrease the need for mostly women and children to walk an average of four hours per day to retrieve this precious resource for their families. This extra time and energy would then be available for such poverty-fighting tasks as attending school and beginning small businesses.

The 2013 Proviso Area CROP walk started from the 1st Congregational Church of Maywood on the last Sunday in September. Students were blessed with beautiful weather and a walking route of 10 kilometers through the villages of Maywood and Melrose Park. Prior to the walk 50 students and 3 teachers solicited pledges totaling more than $5000. In the three weeks since that event, coupled with chapel offerings for August and September, the group brought in a record $6718.57!

Mr. Korntheuer explained to the students this week that in addition to this sum, an anonymous donor, impressed with Bronco dedication and enthusiasm to end hunger around the world, contributed an additional $10,000. “Thanks be to God for blessing our efforts so magnificently this year!,” said Korntheuer.

Below is the list of participating students from Forest Park.