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Brookhaven students learn true meaning of charity
by LaTria Garnigan
May 08, 2013 11:10 AM | 3293 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ian Alino, tells how he spoke only Spanish for 40 days to earn $120 towards the Heifer International project.
Ian Alino, tells how he spoke only Spanish for 40 days to earn $120 towards the Heifer International project.
For months now, second-grade students in Terry Camp’s class at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School in Brookhaven, have been doing various odds and ends in order to raise money for a worthy cause.

The students participated in their second fundraiser for Heifer International, an organization they learned about last year from Camp after hearing her reading of “Beatrice’s Goat.”

“Through the gift of a goat, her [Beatrice’s] family received nutrition and income, which allowed her to attend school for the first time,” said Camp.

“Heifer International was the organization which helped Beatrice and her family, and my students were so overwhelmed by the notion of poverty and hunger throughout the world that they decided they wanted to buy a goat for a family.”

Last year, the students raised more than $1,200 with a goal to beat that amount this year.

They did.

On April 26, the students presented a $2,000 check to Heifer International’s local Community Engagement Coordinator, Kate Merrill.

“It felt incredibly inspiring and heartwarming,” said Merrill of the donation.

“Imagine a room full of second graders eager to share what good deeds they did to raise money for families in need around the world, literally multiplying their contribution to others.”

Merrill added the students designated $1,060 to purchase a cow, goat, sheep, about 3,000 baby fish and 20 chickens. The remaining funds will go to the Haiti REACH Project. She said the project will help more than 100,000 Haitians — the largest animal project of its kind in Haiti’s history.

To raise funds the students held lemonade sales, sold homemade baked cookies, babysat siblings, prepared lunches and cleared neighbors’ backyards.

“My students inspire me daily with their descriptions of the chores they performed,” said Camp. “Our mission at OLA is to not only provide for the academic development of each child but to also nurture their spiritual development as well. Hopefully, through their participation in this project, my students will leave me this year with a greater awareness of the needs of others.”

Other local schools have donated to Heifer International in the past, including The Galloway School, Brandon Hall, Ison Springs Elementary School and Chamblee High School.

“Young people are our future — they have to understand important global issues and become active and engaged in them as they grow up because they can influence how the world is shaped,” said Merrill.

“This is why Heifer International has made such a strong commitment to global education in schools like the one with Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School.”

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