OURAY – Ouray Elementary School third/fourth-grade teacher Jenny Hart recently gave her students a three-week assignment to choose a problem to help solve.
Most of the students focused on problems within the school, or their own community. But third grader Mica Hart (Jenny Hart’s daughter) and fourth grader Rock Gibbs took a more global perspective. Together, they decided to help fight world hunger by raising money for Heifer International, a charity organization working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.
Rock had recently witnessed hunger and poverty firsthand, when his family took nine months off from work and school to travel around the world, frequently in developing nations. In Myanmar, he saw children living in boxes.
The two young students set out to raise just $40. But with the help of fellow students and community members, they eclipsed this goal almost seven-fold, raising $262 through bake sales and donation jars placed strategically throughout the community.
“Ouray Hardware and Duckett’s Market were especially helpful,” Hart noted.
With their money, Mica and Rock purchased honeybees, chicks, a goat and geese, as well as a ‘Hope Basket’ containing a gift of rabbits and a starter flock of chickens, through Heifer International, to be donated to people in parts of the globe affected by poverty and hunger.
“They hope their donation this holiday season will help families in poor countries,” said their teacher. “They want to thank all the people who donated money to make their project happen.”
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