Thursday, May 08, 2008

Heifer International

The culmination of Grace's literacy project made me cry. For a month now, Grace has read for about an hour each evening in order to earn money to be donated to impoverished families in Uganda. Her school class had a goal to earn enough money to provide a family with a renewable food source. A goat. Each 2nd grade class in her school participated, and they hoped to be able to pay for 4 goats total. These goats can make such a big difference in the lives of these families, and I was so proud to learn that a small group of 7 and 8 year olds read their way to helping 30 families. It was so touching to see all these smiling, happy, priviliged children do a small part in changing the world. I cried because I was touched by their efforts and humbled by all the little things I take for granted. Good thing no one saw me. Cry that is. That would have been embarrassing.
To learn more, visit Heifer International here.

14 comments:

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

That's awesome. I've heard of Heifer Int'l...they do good work. Its great that your daughter's school got involved. And its great for getting kids to read!!!

Casey's trio said...

It is quite clear that your children are learning important values early on in life! Kudos to you and their teachers:)

Sarah said...

Grace is so darn cute! That is awesome that they are doing that at School. What a great way to get kids to think how other people live. We don't all live in our quaint little town of sometime snotty people :) Great story I will share later.

latree said...

golden hearts....

Laura said...

I love this project. What a wonderful thing!

Melissa said...

We did this, while I was a second grade teacher, as a school. It's amazing stuff. I loved being a part of it.
We did a run and got people to sponser us.
It gave meaning and purpose to the run.
Good times.

TONYA said...

What a wonderful thing to do. Grace looks wonderful standing up there speaking, what a proud mummy moment. Great job kids :)

Are You Serious! said...

♡ What an awesome thing to do! I would have cried too!

Gunnisac Sandersons said...

I would have bawled!!! That is seriously on of the best projects. I think that is wonderful that she took it to heart and did such a fantastic job. Way to go Grace!

carrie & troy keiser said...

How cool! Way to go kiddos!

Nancy said...

What a great project and way to go Grace for reading every night. It makes me grateful for all that we have.

Shannon said...

What an amazing thing to do! I think that it is critical that we teach our privileged children how important it is to give back. Way to go Grace!

Connie said...

What a neat project...and don't be embarassed to cry when you're proud of your kids!! It's all part of being a mom!!

Leslie said...

What a great idea. I love it when I see kids excited about an opportunity to better their communities or their world, and really get excited about service. Way to go Grace!