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Author: szeiger
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Created: Jul 9, 2018
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#9 A Big Difference

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Anita wanted to do something big when she grew up.

“I want to make sure everyone has water when I grow up,” Anita told her mom. “I will dig a well in every village like the one we saw on TV today. Then no one in the whole world will be thirsty, ever!”

“That’s nice,” Anita’s mom replied. “But that will take a lot of money. How will you get all that money?”

Anita thought about it for a minute. “Get a job?”

“That would be a good start, but it would take billions and trillions and many zillions of dollars to dig a well in every village all over the world. I’m not sure you could earn that much money by yourself.”

Anita went outside and sat down on the porch steps. She felt really sad.

“Hey, why the frown?”

Anita looked up and saw Mr. Jacob sitting in his wheelchair next door. “I don’t have billions and trillions of dollars," she said.

Mr. Jacobs smiled. “What do you need that much money for?”

Anita wiped away a tear. “To dig a water well in every village all over the world so no one will ever be thirsty again," she told him.

“Wow!” Mr. Jacob looked surprised. “That is a big goal.”

“Mom said I can’t do it all by myself," Anita explained.

Mr. Jacob shook his head. “She’s right, you can’t. But if you get others together and everyone helps, then maybe you could. Did you know there are other people already doing that?”

Anita nodded. “I saw them on TV, but they are big people and I am just a kid.”

“Little kids can do big things too,” said Mr. Jacob.

Anita had an idea. “Thank you, Mr. Jacob,” she called as she ran inside.

Mr. Jacob waved. “Anytime!”

Once inside, Anita got out her colors. She got out a piece of paper. She colored and colored.

The next day, it was show and tell day. Every kid bought something to school to show their friends. Marcos brought his toy truck. Juanita brought her coin collection with money from all over the world.

“Anita, it is your turn,” announced Mrs. Phillips.

Anita got a picture out of her backpack. “Here is a picture of the world. And here are sad children who don’t have clean water. They have to drink from muddy puddles.”

“Ew!” Said the other children in class.

Anita continued. “Sometimes they don’t have water to drink at all. Then they are very thirsty. Sometimes they die.”

“I can give them my water!” said Leann pointing to her bottle.

“Me too! Me too!” cried all the other children.

“But if they drink up the water, then they will be thirsty again,” said Anita. “They need a well to have water every day. A well is a pipe that goes way down into the ground until it reaches water. Here is a picture I drew of the pump. It is a handle that brings the water up to the top of the pipe so kids can drink. Each well costs a lot of money. Way more than I have.”

Anita looked sad again. Then she smiled. “But I thought maybe if all of us earned money together when we are bigger, we can dig wells together!”

“Yay!” shouted the children.

“Thank you for showing us about water and wells, Anita,” said Mrs. Phillips.
“Children, you don’t have to wait till you are older to help dig wells! We can decorate little jars to look like wells during craft time today. Then you can take the jars home with you. Ask your parents if they have any extra pennies, nickels, dimes, or quarters to put in the jar. You can ask your neighbors too. Or some of the other kids at school. Then, bring the money back next Friday, and we will see if we have enough to help build part of a well!”

Anita was very excited. She could help kids have water now!

All the next week, Anita took the jar everywhere with her. She asked her parents for change. She asked Mr. Jacob and other neighbors. She even took it to the store with her and asked other people who were shopping to give money for wells. She even talked to the cashier and the manager.

On Friday, Mrs. Phillips had an announcement. “All the coins we gathered equaled $340.38. That is enough to build only part of a well. But a grocery store heard what we were doing from Anita and they gave us a check for $4,000! So we will be able to build two wells in India.”

Anita felt very happy inside. Even though she was small, she had made a big difference. And somewhere in India, there were children who wouldn’t be thirsty again.
Grade 3 Short Stories (Fiction)
A.
What does Anita want to do when she grows up?
  1. be on television
  2. make a lot of money
  3. make sure everyone has water
  4. be a special kind of doctor
Grade 3 Short Stories (Fiction)
B.
Why does Anita feel sad?
  1. She did not have a lot of money.
  2. She got in trouble at home.
  3. Her friend was mean to her.
  4. Her well broke.
Grade 3 Short Stories (Fiction)
Grade 3 Short Stories (Fiction)