When I was 9-years old, we moved to the country. Starting over with friends, and adjusting to a life on a ranch was a lot to take in. At the grocery store (20 miles away) one day, my mom and I ran into an old friend of hers from her high school days. We discovered we lived just miles apart and she had a daughter in my grade.
The very next day, our moms introduced two girls who instantly became inseparable, best friends. After a hilarious incident with a pig (another story entirely), we became Sarah Sow and Polly Pig. We baked pig cakes, gave each other pig earrings, pig socks, pig cards... Everything pigs. We even painted large pigs on our backpacks for a canoe trip; they were easy to spot!
It's been over 37 years from our first summer together. We've gone to college (roommates) and have moved apart, married, had kids (her daughter and my son are 6 weeks apart, yes we planned that), and we've lost people we love, including our dear moms who brought us together. We're never more than a phone call away.
Our children keep in touch and they love it when we all get together. They get to see their moms behave like children, laugh til we cry (or worse) and hear stories we probably shouldn't be telling.
I've donated a pig to Heifer this year in honor of our moms who put up with the constant laughter, the perpetual presence of that extra kid and to whom we owe our friendship. I hope that this gift will help a mom somewhere raise a healthy and happy daughter who has a best friend like mine.
For my Polly Pig!
Love Sarah Sow
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Students at a western Wisconsin high school are getting their hands dirty to help feed the hungry
Students at North Plainfield’s East End School will hold their annual ‘Read to Feed’ book sale fundraiser June 8-10 and a special assembly to kick off this year’s event was held on Monday afternoon. All books for sale during the ‘Read to Feed’ event are donated by the students and the money will be donated to the Heifer International, an Arkansas-based nonprofit that provides families with a ‘living loan’ of an animal. Please click the title of the story to read more!
For the fourth consecutive year, students in the TASIS Elementary School have teamed with Heifer International to donate livestock to struggling families all over the the world. Students have once again participated in the nonprofit organization’s incentive program Read to Feed, which calls upon them to find sponsors for any time they spend reading. This year’s classes combined to raise CHF 6350, a new TASIS record... Please click the link below to read more!
A supporter of Heifer International recently shared an article from the Omak Chronicle, written on August 1st, 1968. "I left with 40 goats and delivered 41," remarked county agent Gordon (Woody) Woodrow. Please click the title to read the rest of the Newspaper article!
I am so very proud of my sixth grade social studies students! We have been collecting money in hopes of purchasing one goat for $120.00 through Heifer International. This goat will help a family become self-reliant and change its future... Please click the title of the story to read more!
Every year, the seventh-grade students at Ashley Hall, a private all-girls school in Charleston, South Carolina, participate in a Model United Nations conference. Teams of students are assigned countries which they research and represent at the conference. The teams are also asked to present a position paper on a current topic of interest to their country which corresponds with the United Nations Millennium Goals... Please click the title of the story to read more!!
The youth in the Sanbornton Congregational Church UCC decided to participate in a Heifer International fundraiser called, “Read to Feed.” They asked the younger children in the church to join them in this program. Their goal is to raise $500 for a heifer by June 5... Please click the title of the story to read more!
Members of BRAVE from Sedgwick Middle School, Smith STEM School, and Conard High School with founder Meaghan Davis. BRAVE recently raised more than $6,600 to send 24 girls in other countries to school. Please click the title of the story to read more!
Velasco Family Supports Heifer International in Memory of their Daughter, Yvette
A music recital benefiting Heifer International’s Empower Women Movement will be taking place on Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County. Organized by State College native Raina Arnett, the concert is intended to showcase some classical musical talent while also highlighting a terrific social cause. “I believe classical music is something that everyone can enjoy, no matter your age, background, occupation or knowledge of the subject,” Arnett said. “I’ve played on the Young Artists Concert Series at the UUFCC before and each time I like to raise money for a different cause supporting young women around the world. After some research, I decided to support the Heifer International’s Empower Women campaign this year.” Please click the title of the story to read more!
Upon learning that there is enough food in the world for everyone but it is not distributed equally, fifth-grade GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) students at Mabel Hoggard Magnet School in Las Vegas, NV, got rocking on a solution. They rocked in more ways than one. In two short months, students established their own company, created more than 200 original pet rocks, and raised $550 to fight world hunger... Please click the title of the story to read more!