Farm animals for Christmas
Cabot Academy class raises money, learns valuable lesson
When Jackie King’s Grade 6 class at Cabot Academy decided to raise money this Christmas to purchase farm animals in a developing country, students were excited.
“There wasn’t one person who didn’t want to participate,” King explained. “And I don’t think there’s anybody here who hasn’t contributed to the fund. So it’s pretty awesome for 11 year olds.”
Students from the Western Bay school raised $190, which is part of a matched donation of four-times the raised amount. A total of $950 will go towards purchasing chickens, pigs, sheep and goats.
Gifts of Hope, the project sponsored by Plan Canada, has dozens of options for individuals, businesses or groups to donate. Other projects include purchasing bed nets, school supplies, individual animals and sports and gaming equipment. There’s even the option to donate towards a birth certificate, which some don’t receive in the developing world.
There is even a surplus of $30 still in the class’ collection bottle. That will roll over into the next project the class will be taking part in.
“We’re raising money after Christmas,” said student Tatum Delaney. “We’re going to start raising money for a baby buffalo.”
The donation needed for a baby buffalo is $250.
Students often gave their change from recess or lunch, and some brought in donations from home every day. But this wasn’t just about collecting money for the students, it was about learning valuable lessons about giving back.
“We talked about gifts that money can’t buy,” King said. “I know this isn’t the same thing because it is something that costs money, but it is the generosity of the children.”
The big theme in the Grade 6 classroom this year has been social responsibility. It’s been integrated into all the core curriculum, and it helps the students understand what is happening in other parts of the world.
“We’ve been talking about immigrants from Syria and how lucky we are to be Canadian,” said King.
The class chimed in with an enthusiastic, “YES!”
King feels like she definitely helped guide the class towards understanding social responsibility and global citizenship.
I think any time you have the opportunity to make somebody else’s life better; it’s a good thing to do. — Jackie King
“The biggest reason why I wanted to get involved was because well, they’re poor families and they have nothing,” said Hannah Hoyles. “And when we cook, some people throw away food, and they’ve got no food.”
Tyson Traverse weighed in on how it felt to be a part of such a project.
“It makes me feel happy that we know that they’re going to get animals so they can get money and get food,” he said. “Because we can just go out to a grocery story and buy it. But they can’t.”
For now, King will leave the bottle on her desk, and the students pledged to keep dropping off their change whenever they have any. The project was a success, and helped the students get a grasp on what they say is the spirit of Christmas.
“What we do in our little community can affect somebody in a country we don’t even know about,” King noted. “And it makes their lives better. I think any time you have the opportunity to make somebody else’s life better; it’s a good thing to do.”
Grade 6 students at Cabot Academy raised money to buy farm animals for people in a developing country.