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Projects & Families

Denver, Colorado School Finds Passion For Community Service

Hello! My name is Anna Finkenauer and I am a teacher in Denver, CO. My second grade class has been studying what it means to be a good citizen so we decided to do a service project together. We looked at many different charity organizations and decided on Heifer International because of your mission to empower people in need. We loved to idea of raising money to buy an animal, the students had a blast looking at all the different animals and learning about them. We decided to host a hot chocolate stand after school to raise money. The class came together to create a plan, gather supplies and advertise for it. It was an awesome way for our class to bond and we ended up raising $700! Seeing our whole school come to support our stand was amazing, and many students have found a new passion for community service after this experience. We voted on what animals to buy and decided on a Heifer, a flock of chicks, a goat and two honeybee hives. Thank you for everything your amazing organization does, we are so excited to continue to raise money for Heifer International throughout the year!


3 Weeks, 300 Books!

I am happy to report that my first grade class raised $475 for our Read to Feed Christmas outreach project and read nearly 300 books in 3 weeks. My big-hearted children did this in lieu of exchanging gifts with each other and some gave that money toward the program. Through their efforts, we were able to purchase 3 llamas which will provide annual income for 3 or more needy families in other countries. We learned about the various resources/animals available for purchase through Heifer throughout this process and about some of the children who have benefited from it across the globe. My class has been doing this for 6 years and loving it every year!

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Lake Shore Senior High raises 'Lake Shore Herd'

The students of Lake Shore Senior High School (Angola, NY, USA) decided to do something a little different and very special this Christmas season. They bought llamas! Through the charity group Heifer International, students raised enough money to purchase three llamas for needy families in Peru. Through a matching grant with the organization, a total of six llamas will be donated. Enough for a "Lake Shore Herd." Llamas provide wool for clothing, milk for food, and transportation in the rugged terrain of the Andes Mountains. By donating the llamas, students are helping feed families and allow the recipients to become more self-reliant. This fundraiser was sponsored by the Lake Shore Flying Eagles Club. Their goal was not only to help families in need, but to increase our student global awareness, become world citizens, and to inspire the spirit of giving. This truly captured the spirit of Christmas. Shown in the photo is Lake Shore senior student Cami J.


Students Finish Up Second Year of Read to Feed!

Our school of Westside Elementary in River Falls, Wisconsin just finished up its second year of Read to Feed and wow, was it a success! Students did an amazing job of reading, logging minutes, learning about how to be a global citizen, and collecting pledges throughout the month of October. Our school meets regularly in Pride Groups, which are two different grade level classrooms paired to participate in an activity based on the monthly character trait. During October, our students focused on learning about citizenship and more specifically how to be a global citizen through Read to Feed... Please click the title of the story to read more!

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Art Student Finds Way to Give Back for the Holidays

Howdy everyone! My name is Ellie Stokes, and I am a student artist of 14 years, living in San Francisco. I am growing up in an incredibly privileged city and community, and I want to assist communities unlike my own to the best of my efforts through art. This Winter, I want to do my part in honor of this giving season-- not only by donating myself to Heifer, but by getting others to donate. I have recently discovered the website, Redbubble-- a platform for individual artists to sell and display their pieces on merchandise-- and decided to put my many designs' proceeds to good use... Please click the title of the story to read more!


St. Francis Hosts School Bazaar

Last month an email was sent out to all the parents of seventh and eighth grade students at St. Francis. The email asked for student volunteers for our annual St. Francis School Bazaar. Our jobs and tasks included selling raffle tickets, selling coffee and water, and serving chicken noodle soup to the guests. When the bazaar was over and we were back at school, a meeting was held for everyone who had volunteered at the bazaar. We were told that we raised about five hundred dollars and that we could choose what we wanted to do with our earnings. We shared our ideas with each other. Some of our ideas were to give the money to a local pet shelter, donate the money to a homeless shelter, and provide an animal to a family that needed it. At first we couldn't come to an agreement on what we should do, so we decided to think about it over the weekend and come back to it later. Over the weekend I was thinking of giving an animal to a family that needed it. But, I didn't know what animals we could donate or how much this would cost. My first thought was to give them a moose, but I thought it over and realized some animals like a cow could offer more to a family than a moose. We got back to school after thinking it over and had another meeting of the student volunteers. Everyone shared their ideas and opinions with the group and we thought about it for awhile. Then as a group we came to the decision of donating the money we earned to buy a cow and give it to a family that needed it. Our reasoning for donating a cow was: it was affordable, the cow had many things to offer, and it could help a family in need.

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Westminster's Alternative Gift Bazaar

I just wanted share kudos to you from Madeline Ramsey of Westminster Presbyterian Church who said that the support you have provided to her this year for our church's alternative gift bazaar has been the best ever. As you can see from the attached picture, she recruited me to help out. I think we got off to a pretty good start last Sunday and we have our second Bazaar this Sunday. Please give my best wishes for the season to all my Heifer friends.


Rabbits, bees and fish, oh my!

This October, the children of Hyde Park United Methodist in Tampa, FL celebrated and learned about Heifer International during their Sunday morning programming, Sunday Morning Live. The children donated over $520 to Heifer in October through an offering collected during Sunday Morning Live. Please Click the title of the story to read more!!


Corbett Prep Students Participate in 9th Read to Feed Initiative!

For nearly a decade, Corbett Prep's first and second graders have turned the books they read during the school year into gifts of livestock and more as they support needy families across the world. The Tampa students have raised an average of $1,000 annually for Heifer International's Read to Feed program. The 2016-17 school year is the ninth year Corbett Prep has participated, and students are determined to break their fundraising record... Please click the title of this story to read more!


Renbrook School Hosts 13th Heifer Gift Market!

Congratulations to the 6th grade class of Renbrook School in West Hartford, CT for putting on their 13th successful Heifer Gift Market!! Each year, the market features student's informational country displays, live animals and even tasty thematic treats for gift buyers. Thank you for taking action to end hunger and poverty 6th graders!!


Visit Barnyard Animals Downtown at Heifer's New Urban Farm

We've found your new favorite downtown destination: Heifer International's Urban Farm. Located behind Heifer Village in downtown Little Rock just a few blocks from the River Market, this cozy little barnyard features pigs, goats, alpacas, chickens and turkeys. The 3-acre area is also home to a community garden, beehives and butterfly garden. It's like being out in the country — but then you look up and see the Little Rock skyline!