Planning Our Project


On Friday, period 7 students made progress in planning their Heifer International Project. Realizing the importance of including their parents in their plans, they wrote the following letter to Mom and Dad:

Dear Parents–

We would like to inform you that our class has had an idea. We’ve been reading the book Fish, and we’ve learned more about what it is like to be a refugee. The main character Tiger helps refugees, and eventually he becomes one when all the helpers have to flee the village. This book made us think about all the people who have been suffering in the world. We feel compassion for them, and we are passionate about helping.

Our plan is to have a bake sale to raise $120 (or more) to buy a goat for a family through Heifer International. You can read about that organization and watch a video about them in this blog post.  We’ve learned how owning a goat can help a family that is struggling with hunger and poverty.

We would like your support in helping us make cookies, cupcakes, and other baked goods for the sale. Mr. Ramsey has approved our bake sale for November 17, 18, and 19. Next week, we will make a schedule of who is going to bring what items and who will sit at the table to sell the things.

Thank you for your support. We appreciate all the trouble you go through to help our cause!


Mrs. Kriese’s 7th Period

We’re excited to see how much money we can raise to help people!  Maybe we’ll be able to give the gift of more than one goat, or have money left over to donate to the United Nations Refugee Agency.  We’ve seen pictures of children sleeping in the cold. A gift of $150 would buy sleeping bags for three families.

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The Gift of a Goat


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For the past few weeks, our seventh period class has been participating in the Global Read Aloud.  Along with hundreds of other classes from all around the world, we are enjoying the book Fish by L.S. Matthews.

We’ve been moved by the experiences of Tiger.  The child and his (her?  Matthews never reveals whether Tiger is a boy or girl) family are aide workers in a country that has been torn by war.  When the fighting gets close to the village the family  has been working in, they become refugees along with the villagers.

As we discuss character, plot, conflict, and author’s craft, we also discuss the real world situation that this book parallels.  Although the current Syrian refugee crisis wasn’t happening the year that Fish was published, the story is much the same as those being told in today’s headlines.

These stories of refugee suffering have touched our hearts and prompted us to consider what it is like to be a refugee or a member of a family that is battling hunger and extreme poverty.  We’ve been talking about how we could help people in need, just like the family in Fish did.

One concrete project we talked about in class involves helping families like those that Tiger’s family was helping before they had to flee.  Through the tweets of other teachers whose classes are reading Fish, we’ve found Heifer International.   This organization provides a goat, a cow, chickens and other livestock to very poor, hungry families so that those families then have the means to feed themselves and, with guidance, turn their animal into a source of income.

We found out that the cost of providing a family with a goat is $120. We’re exploring fundraising options now, and we will post again when we have our plan in place! We’re very excited to start a project that will help people who are struggling with hunger and poverty.

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