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A kid can change the world

Monday, July 15, 2013

By Fran Morris

Students in Amy Mitchell’s third-grade class at Humble Elementary School decided to undertake a project that they hoped would help a family in East Africa, and ended up doing much more.

Instead of the one goat that was the original goal, The money raised, $450, was enough for three goats, two flocks of chicks, one flock of ducks and one package of honeybees.

This all came about after reading a book, titled “Beatrice’s Goat,” which is the true story of a girl, Beatrice, who lives with her family in a small village in Uganda. The family received the gift of a goat through an organization called Heifer International. The organization provides training in taking care of the animals.

That’s when they voted on the name for their project: A Kid Can Change the World.

“They started in the first week in May, reading the book and doing research,” Mitchell said. “They also interviewed on Skype in a video conference Lisa Fish, who was a missionary with World Gospel Missions. She had been in Uganda for two years.”

It included having a purpose for the project, trying to solve the issue and then voting on whether to do it.

“They decided to involve the whole school, voted on a name for the project, A Kid Can Change the World, and kept a journal,” Mitchell explained.

The students then drew up a plan on how they would raise the $120 to purchase a goat. They decided to break up into teams and present their plan to all the classrooms at Humble Elementary. It would take a week to raise the money, they figured.

“They made the presentations and left a donation jar in each classroom. At the end of the first day, they already made enough for one goat, so they decided to continue throughout the week to see how much more they could raise,” Mitchell said. “Every day they would collect the money from each classroom and record it in the journal.”

They also designed posters, decorated the donation jars, wrote speeches to inform the students about their project, and graphed each classroom’s donations on a daily basis, Mitchell said..

The students weren’t through, yet, though. They also made journals of their experiences, some created games, and one made a book.

And the students’ favorite part of the project? For about half the class, it was almost equally divided between collecting money for the goats and helping families in need.

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