JFK Class Provides Livestock for Impoverished Village

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In the spirit of the season, JFK third-graders in the class of Maria Giammona, Marie Tortorici and Debra Wasp were inspired to raise money for Heifer International over the course of two weeks. Since 1944, the Heifer organization has brought help, healing and hope to millions of impoverished families across the globe. Funds donated to the charity go to purchase items such as livestock, which provide longterm solutions to problems of hunger and poverty.

The trio of teachers asked students who wished to volunteer for the project to drop their spare change from lunch in the class donation bucket or earn funds by doing extra chores around the house. Once the money was collected, the class voted on what animals to send, deciding to provide a flock of chicks and a trio of rabbits to nourish families in a village overseas.  

“We hope this life lesson will help the children feel a sense of pride and also realize what the holiday season is truly about,” said Wasp. “They were very excited and truly enjoyed the sense of giving that they felt.”