Students reach goal in Heifer International Project

Students at St. Marys Catholic Middle School succeeded in raising an amount above their anticipated goal during their unique fundraiser to purchase farm animals for needy families.During their recent two-week long fundraiser as part of the Heifer International Project, students donated leftover change in cans located throughout the school. They could also contribute by paying $1 to participate in a dress-down day. There were also several donations from the community."People were really generous," said Student Council President Madison Stoltz. "We were surprised at the final amount."With the $660 raised, students have chosen to purchase a heifer for $500, a goat for $120 and two flocks of chicks for $20 each through Heifer International, a global nonprofit organization based in Little Rock, Ark. that works to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way through gifts of livestock, seeds, trees and extensive training.For more on this story, see the Dec. 27 edition of The Daily Press.