Projects & Families

Foxcroft Junior Class Walkathon

Orange, pink, yellow, blue and more covered the Foxcroft campus on Friday during the Class of 2017’s Junior Class Walkathon. Following the previous year’s theme of a color run, students and faculty enjoyed the warm weather and sunny day to raise money for a great cause--Heifer International. Click on the title of this story to read more!


Elizabeth Starts a Fundraiser at Her School

My Grandma introduced me to Heifer International when I was 5 or 6 years old. It was near Christmas and she got a magazine, thought it was junk mail and was looking through it. She started reading about Heifer. Then I came over and she asked me, "Do you want to give a trio of rabbits to a family somewhere in the world?" I said, "Sure" and she told me all about Heifer. Now I am 10 years old and I have been giving to Heifer for a long time. I just love Heifer and it is an organization that helps poor people. I wanted my 4th grade class to know about Heifer and how they can help families. I talked with a teacher at my school and asked for help. We worked on a presentation to share with the 4th graders teaching them about Heifer. Then I made a flyer to go home with all the 4th graders. Then they had 2 weeks to donate money to Heifer. After the 2 weeks I counted all the money and we came out with $150.13. I want to buy an irrigation pump because I know water is very important. You can make food with it and you can drink it. I hope my donation impacts the world! Submitted by Elizabeth S.


A Very Determined Donor Hopes to Spread Happiness

Hi! My name is Hannah and I am 8-years old. I raised money by making bracelets and instead of Christmas presents, I asked for money. So please buy a goat and (a flock of) chicken(s) with the money I raised! Happy Valentine's Day! Hannah PS: I hope I make a family happy.


Classroom Fundraiser Grows into School-Wide Effort

Please accept this donation not just from me, but as a gift from North Park Elementary School. Let me explain how this came about. When I received the Heifer International (gift) catalog at my home, I decided to see if my principal would approve it as a class fundraiser. Needless to say, she did, so the class fundraiser grew into a school-wide fundraiser! All we asked for were donations of loose change and we call our fundraiser, "Change to Change the World." (Along with an introductory letter we wrote to help students, families and teachers learn more about your orgainzation and mission) some teachers also read Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier, which contains an afterward by Hillary Clinton that mentions Heifer International. In the end we collected $229.76 in loose change as well as $89 in bills. The students were so proud to see the level of generosity found within our school community! So, on behalf of the North Park Elementary community, please accept our donation and use it in any way that will support the communities in need most. Thank you for what you are doing!


An Ark from United Church of Christ in Stanfordville

It is with great pleasure that we have enclosed a check for $5,000 to give an Ark through Heifer International. Our small, rural congregation initially established this goal 2 1/2 years ago. We have been steadily working toward it using various fundraising efforts. It has truly been a group effort in that money was received from our Sunday School children, our youth group, our women's fellowship, Sunday mission offerings and individual donations. We support in the work of Heifer, especially the idea of Passing on the Gift. We are excited at the prospect of our gift multiplying to provide sustainability, self-reliance and hope to people around the globe. We are blessed and grateful to be able to share this gift. Thank you for the opportunity to reach far beyond our small town to give assistance to those who need it most.


A Well-Traveled Donor Gives to Vietnam


Dear Heifer, I am a teacher in the small, rural school of West Greene District in PA. I also love travel, and do so frequently with my fiancee and have organized an International Club at my school. My fiancee and I have been to numerous countries (17 for me, 38 for him--he is a retired US Marine), and the students have raised money and in the last four years have traveled to England, France, Greece and Italy. They are currently fundraising for the next trip in 2017, a return to London and Paris, albeit with a new group. I do my best to open the world and its experiences to my students, many of whom have never traveled outside of their own state, let alone another country. I try to expose them to the sometimes vast differences between the life they know in the US and that of others in various countries. To that end, I encourage donations whenever possible. In the past, the West Greene International Club has donated twice to Cambodia, a country near to my heart after visiting there. Our last donation was a few months ago, and we received a lovely certificate from Heifer, which is proudly displayed in my classroom. With that certificate came a note concerning Heifer's latest project spotlight--Vietnam--which I immediately showed to my students. I have also visited that beautiful country and showed my photos to the students and told them about the people there. In the spirit of Christmas, my students brought in donations--single dollars, coins, pennies, etc. A fellow teacher donated as well. We proudly enclose our check for $50. Warm regards, Rebecca M.


Beatrice's Goat Inspires More Classroom Giving


Dear Heifer International, The fifth grade class at Des Arc Elementary recently read the book Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier, about a young girl in Uganda whose family was drastically improved because they were gifted a goat from Heifer International. The class decided instead of exchanging Christmas presents, they would like to try to collect enough money to purchase a goat and help those less fortunate. It is our hope that other classes as well as schools will follow suit and give to such a wonderful organization. With love, Des Arc Elementary 5th grade class


A Quick Note from Emmanuel Episcopal Church

We send you love and some animals--sheep, chicks, bees. I hope you enjoy these animals. Love, Emmanual Sunday School


Year-Long Fundraiser Brings in Generous Donation

Dear Heifer International, The Sunday School class in our small church here in Cape Elizabeth, Maine raised money all of last year to sponsor animals through your organization. We were delighted to raise $708! We would like to sponsor two goats, a sheep, a llama, and a Flock of Hope (the kids voted). Thank you for your good work! Carol Hubbard Sunday School Teacher Ruth Morrison Pastor Cape Elizabeth UMC


Team 23 at Sycamore Elementary School Donates $890

Dear Heifer, "Team 23," as our classroom community calls itself, is excited to enclose a donation of $890.00 to Heifer International! This money is a combination of a student run hot chocolate sales, extra chores done around the house, and spare change collected by the students as well as teacher and parent contributions. We are excited that this donation will be matched by the generous donor you mentioned on your website! The students spent time in groups looking through the Heifer gift catalog and discussing the merits of the different animals. They would like their donation to purchase a heifer, a goat, a llama and a pig. The students also took time to make some cards and write some notes about their experiences learning about and donating to Heifer International! Sincerely, Cindy Erhart


Lamb of God School's Service Project

...I thought you would enjoy this--enclosed are letters from my students to you. Also, one teacher wrote what our K-8 students gave to the "Beatrice's Goat Service Project" (Bea Project) to the tune of "The 12 Days of Christmas" song. You can sing it easily to the melody of that song. We called it the Beatrice's Goat Service Project, but the money was going to Heifer International for the animals, irrigation pump, tree seedlings and honeybees. Click the title of this story to read more!


The Preacher Wears the PJs

January 22, 2016 To Whom It May Concern, We are a small church in a town called Shriever, Louisiana. I teach the older Sunday School class with only 2 students regularly. We did a fundraiser with the preacher and his wife. They agreed that if the boys/men gave the most money than the preacher's wife would have to wear pig pjs and if the girls/women gave the most money than the preacher would have to wear the pig pjs. As you can see from the picture, you can guess who won. Thought you would get a laugh out of this! Our Sunday School class would like to purchase with our $395.00: 2 pigs A trio of rabbits A hive of honeybees A flock of geese A flock of chicks A flock of ducks Thank you! Dawn Terracina Teacher


Books Make the World Better

At Two Rivers Elementary School we always have a theme for our reading month and this year I decided to make our theme "Books Make the World Better." I chose projects that could show kids that they can make a real difference in the world with books. The big project we decided to do was the Heifer International Read to Feed program. Our goal was to raise $700, enough for a cow and the supplies needed to care for the cow. Students were encouraged to find 4 sponsors who would sponsor them for one penny a page. We chose a penny because I wanted the kids to see that when you work together as a group it does not take a lot to make a big difference! Well, this idea took off and our students raised $982 surpassing their goal! I decided to also sponsor myself to bring it up to an even $1,000. Now we could donate another animal. But it gets even better! After I announced how successful our students had been, how proud I was of them and how hard our students worked, our PTA made an announcement of their own. They were so impressed at our students efforts and they believe that we can all make a big difference in the world when we work together, so they matched another $500 bringing our total money raised to $1,500. The kids are now in the difficult deciding process of figuring out what other animals we will be donating. I am so proud of our school and I truly loved the message an conversations that were encouraged by deciding to make the world better. Submitted by Jessica Esperanza, Library Tech, Two Rivers Elementary School, Sacramento, CA