Miss Pre-Teen Flickertail International 2021 - Sawyer A.
6Sawyer has been recognized both at school and in the community, receiving the following awards:
- Champion of Charity Award through the FM Raise Your Spirits nonprofit organization which recognizes and awards individuals that go above and beyond in the Fargo-Moorhead community. She is the youngest award winner to date.
- The Gustav and Margarett Hektner Family Academic Excellence scholarship for the 2020-21 school year at Oak Grove Lutheran School
- Mighty Acorn (emerging leader) award at Oak Grove in 2019
- Recipient of two Oak Grove Theatre Rose Awards in 2019, including Rookie of the Year and the Beth Nicely Spirit Award
- 2020 Lions Club International Peace Prize Poster contest winner
When Sawyer is not at school or activities, you can find her working tirelessly to help bring safe, clean water to the poverty-stricken villages of south-central Africa.
Sawyer’s dad traveled to Zambia, Africa, in 2017 on a church mission trip. When he returned home, he told stories about kids who had died or experienced significant injuries after walking several miles to get water, often from dirty, shallow wells and ponds. Sawyer thought “that’s not fair, every kid should have water”. That is when she set out to help save one life by selling cookies at my grandma’s garage sale. Things kind of took off from there! Selling cookies turned into partnering with the children’s ministry program at my church to design, sew and sell authentic African-inspired Chitenge bags. You can still purchase the Chitenge bags for $50 each, which represents the cost to provide clean water for one person for a lifetime.
In June 2019, Sawyer wrote and illustrated a children’s book titled Water Works. In 2020 Water Works was published in Vietnamese and in English in Zambia. Water Works has sold more than 14,000 copies to date worldwide. With Water Works in hand, she has spoken to nearly 100 different churches, schools, nonprofit organizations, service clubs, businesses, and other groups.
Sawyer is the youngest person, and only author, to partner with Wellspring for the World and World Vision in a ‘co-venture cause agreement’ to bring safe, clean water to people in Africa. With the help of Wellspring and World Vision, she has raised more than $160,000, funding 63 wells and saving more than 19,000 lives.
“I guess a kid really can make a difference.”
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