After reading a copy of Beatrice’s Goat
in the school library, Pathfinder Elementary first grade teacher Stephanie Seigel
was inspired to share it with others and help raise funds to buy a goat for a needy family. She teamed with English Language Learner teacher Elizabeth Hanman
, who shared the story with classes throughout Pathfinder Elementary. Pathfinder student leaders helped develop a fundraiser to raise funds through a Compassion Coin Drive. For four consecutive days around Valentine’s Day, students brought in pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
Beatrice’s Goat is a children’s book based on the true account of Beatrice Biira, an impoverished Ugandan girl whose life is transformed by the gift of a goat from the nonprofit hunger organization Heifer International. Beatrice’s goat not only feeds her family, but using the goat as a resource allows the little girl to be able to go to school.
“Our students really connected with the book,” Seigel
shared, “and our reading of it was well-timed with the creation of our student leadership team.” One of the goals of the team was to create a project that brought the whole school together for a common purpose.
As a special perk, the class that raises the most gets rewarded with the naming of the goat(s). After just one day of bringing in pennies, the school had nearly raised enough to fund one goat. Students wished to raise $120 for a goat, and they far exceeded their goal, raising $1,320 - enough for ten goats and six flocks of chicks!