Every year, Galloway's entire student body comes together as part of a single, meaningful, hands-on learning experience that benefits a local organization whose work enhances the lives of individuals living in the Atlanta area
For the 2011-2012 school year, we are partnering with Heifer International. Heifer is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization that since 1944 has helped more than 7 million families in more than 125 countries move toward greater self-reliance through the gift of livestock, seeds, trees, and training in environmentally-sound agriculture. The theme of "community" is abundant in Heifer's work and its mission is simple: to end poverty and hunger
and to care for the earth.
This year, the Galloway community will:
Feed our Minds:
Galloway faculty will work with students to raise awareness
about solutions to two of the world’s greatest problems: poverty and
hunger. Using creative lesson plans, they will relay a message of hope
and emphasize the importance of being an active global citizen. Students
will learn how animals, seeds, knowledge, and selflessness can be
Take Action: We will
energize students and parents to engage in grassroots fundraising
efforts. Let's find creative ways to buy livestock! Heifer projects can
be found in every area of the school: classrooms, athletics, Fall Fun
Fest, Elliott’s Run, visual and performing arts, the Speaker's Series,
Work together: As a
community, we will speak in terms of animals: "How many goats and
chickens can we buy?" "Would we rather give a llama or a water buffalo
or maybe a sweet honeybee?" "Let's buy a menagerie!"
End Hunger: We will
culminate the project with a visit from Pierre Ferrari, Heifer's CEO,
who will speak to students on January 23, 2012. In the spring we will host a
school-wide event celebrating our strength as a community and our
partnership with Heifer International.
How does it work?
For example: The
gift of a single goat
In many parts of the world,
goats are the key to a family’s survival. Goats can provide up to a
gallon of rich, nutritious milk each day. Milk can be consumed and the
extra can be sold. Goats don't require large tracts of land, and
families learn to collect the manure to improve their soil for
agriculture. The income from goats can pay the cost of child's
schooling, clothing, medicine, and shelter. It's amazing how goats can
quickly transform entire communities as each family passes on the
gift of offspring to another. The gift of a goat: $120. A share
of a goat: $10.
Check back for project updates, photos, and video during the next few months!