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‘Ryan’s Well’ resonates with area students

My fourth grade class recently had a moving experience that it would like to share with the community. I feel inspired by the children’s compassion for the tsunami victims, and I hope you will consider publishing one or two of their letters.

Merry Byles-Daly

Fourth grade



On Jan. 7, we went to see “Ryan’s Well” as apart of SYRCL’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Thanks to SYRCL the film is everywhere and some people are looking inside themselves and trying to find a way to help. Ryan helped a tribe in Africa to have fresh water. They were drinking from dirty creeks and swamps. He had to help them after what he heard from his teacher “more than 36,000 children are dying because of dirty water.” When I saw that movie, I knew I had to help I just had to. I think people all over the world should help those in need. There are too many. We can’t just let them die. Thank you Ryan and thank you SYRCL for helping to make the world a better place.

Aspen Drake




Fourth grade

On January 7, we went to see “Ryan’s Well” as part of SYRCL’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival. I really wish that Ryan will come and see our school. I learned that even if your small you can do big things. Ryan was 6 when he saved $70, but he found out it really cost $2,000.

Thanks to SYRCL we got to see “Ryan’s Well.” Ryan was a 6-year-old boy who finds out that people in Africa need his help. He tells his mom and dad that he needs the money for a well. They thought he was joking, but he wasn’t. He did extra chores and he raised it. Ryan is a hero because he has worked so hard and has used up the whole space in his heart. But then he found out it was really $2,000. He worked hard and got the money and bought his well.

I want to help the tsunami people. We should work together and save them. Donate as much money as possible. Provide wood and tools for shelter. We could build a well like Ryans. Try to work together to save them.

Tiffany Mayer

Fourth grade

On Jan. 7, our class went to see Ryan’s Well as part of SYRCL’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The movie was about a six year old boy who lived in Canada, and heard about a country in Africa that didn’t have clean water to drink. Ryan thought about it and he wanted to buy a well, which his teacher said cost $70. He did extra chores, around the house to earn the money. Then once he got the money, he found out it was really $2,000. He had found out a way that got him $2,000 by talking to other kids at schools. Once he got the money he went to Africa to see his well. He noticed it did a lot of help to the Africans in Uganda.

I think this has a connection with the Tsunami victims, because they don’t have clean water. I am grateful SYRCL brought this movie to Grass Valley. I think everyone should be like Ryan, and do something to help the Tsunami victims.

Simon DeMartini

Fourth grade

On Jan. 7 we went to see Ryan’s Well as part of SYRCL’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The story is about a boy named Ryan. Ryan was learning about the Africans in a Ugandan village who had no clean water so Ryan wanted to make a well for them. He had to do extra chores around the house to make $2,000 dollars to make a well for the Africans. After he made the well, he wanted to make a drill for them.

I thought it was cool how he got to go and see his well and how they use it. I also thought it was sad how they had to carry the water on their heads. Also I thought it was cool how Ryan had fans and they were saving money just like Ryan did. I think Ryan should come to our school some time and tell us about how it felt to help the Africans get clean water. I think everyone should save some money to help the people who need clean water and good food fore the Tsunami victims. I’m really glad that the SYRCL let us see that movie.

Taylor Johnson

Fourth grade

On January 7, we went to Ryan’s Well as a part of SYRCL’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival. I think Ryan was a very persistent boy. At first he was in school and learning.

And then he was thinking about how he could help people. He begged his mom and dad for $70, but they didn’t take it seriously. Then finally he explained that he needed money to help people. His parents told him he had to work for it.

So he did extra chores and helped his parents. He kept saving and saving. The day came when he had $70. Then he found out that it took $2,000 to get a water pump. So he saved even more.

After a while he made his goal. He sent his money to get a well pump. When he was nine he went to see the Ugandan people. They were happy to see him. Later he went to see his well pump. When it was time for him to leave they made that day Ryan’s Day.

I’m glad that we got to see that movie. If inspired me to help people how ever I can.

Thank you SYRCL for letting us watch the movie.

Jake

Third grade


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