Texas Teen Used High School Homecoming Tradition to Raise Money to Build Water Wells in Sudan

Friday night lights in a Texas high school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were transformed into an avenue for change. After finding inspiration in an “I Am Second” video, produced through e3 Partners, a believer and high school student at the time, Blake Mankin, took action.

A Texas High School Tradition

Rewind to a year prior, when Blake found himself on a plane headed to the African continent where he found a world starkly different from his own. Instead of an easily accessed faucet with clean running water, hot or cold, Blake found communities lacking access to clean water altogether. When he returned home, he could not stop thinking about what he witnessed while abroad.

“[He] had really gotten this heart for the people there and noticed that there was an issue with the clean water, there’s a lack of access to clean water. It was something that he couldn’t get off his mind and couldn’t get off his heart. It was just always there in the back of his mind…every time he took a sip of water or washed his hands,” says Jeff Johnston, marketing communication manager with e3 Partners.

Inspired by the “I Am Second” video and passionate about the need for clean water, Blake set out to use the homecoming traditions of mums and garters for a bigger purpose. Johnstone says high school football in Texas is as important as college football is for the rest of the United States. Homecoming is an even more serious matter; students will spend between $100-400, or more, creating their mums and garters.

(Learn more about the mums and garters tradition here and here.)

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn