From Julie A. Galuski, a middle school teacher.
I am a teacher for middle school students, and I also am the advisor for Builders Club, a club for students who are chosing to build their leadership skills through the vehicle of service. In January of 2014, my Builders Club students decided that they wanted to do a new service project. Several students had heard of Heifer International before; one even had a donation made on her behalf for a gift. After a bit of research, the club decided that this was a project worth carrying out.
Several of our leaders met and began the planning process. They decided they wanted to raise $1000 to purchase a milk menagerie! With the help of our Kiwanis Advisor, they realized they had to locate what country was in need of such animals. Students located the Philippines as being recipient of a milk menagerie, so the project was born! They began brainstorming ideas to raise $1000, and developed a plan to host an overnight school-wide Lock-In at our local YMCA.
The event took place from Friday, March 28 at 7:30 PM to Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:00 AM. It was an awesome event! Students went swimming, they played in the open gym (basketball, volleyball, football, frisbee), they jumped in a huge basketball bungee jump, they played various board games in our game room (Monopoly, Twister, Connect 4, etc.), and they watched movies. Students ate food all night long too! It was a wonderful night, in which we met our goal! Students and adults had awesome time!