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who knew that $320 can get you a llama, a goat, chicks, and bees

What a day! Our Earth Scouts group finished up their unit on Economic Justice today earning two badges–one for the unit and a smaller one for the reading fundraiser that they have been working on for the past several months. The reading fundraiser, called Read to Feed, was part of our work to raise money for Heifer International. In addition to the Read to Feed that the kids were participating in, we also held a lemonade stand last week in which all the proceeds went to Heifer. It was exciting today to collect all the money–we ended up with a total of $320!! This money will go to buy animals for Heifer International to help end poverty and provide greater self-reliance for families and communities around the world. We shared with the kids information on the animals that can be selected from Heifer, along with the cost of each animal and what they can provide for the family, and then we let the kids decide which animals we should purchase. They had a great time voting and selecting animals. After much discussion, and persuasive arguments, from many of the kids we ended up purchasing a llama, a goat, a flock of chicks, and a beehive! (Aidan was a bit disappointed that his choice for a water buffalo was outvoted for a llama, but who knows, perhaps Aidan will find a new way to raise the $250 to purchase a water buffalo (if anyone wants to donate for his cause please let us know). :-) The kids were thoroughly thrilled to be able to contribute so much to people and communities that we have never met–all in the hopes that we will help make a difference in the world. This is one of the biggest parts that I love about being a co-facilitator for Earth Scouts–the way the children are so eager to help and often see no boundaries in what we can do to make this world a better place. Now shouldn’t we all follow their lead and go out there to spread peace and hope!?!

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