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SOAR Students help for the holidays

3rd grade SOAR students learn they received a $100 donation 3rd grade SOAR (the District’s elementary gifted program) students are using the spirit of the holiday season to help those in need. The class has come together to create a campaign to raise money for Heifer International.

The goal of the class is to raise $1500 for Heifer International, an organization that uses donations to purchase livestock, teach sustainable farming methods and promotes gender equality in impoverished nations. In addition to their fundraising goal for Heifer International, the class is also collecting goods to benefit an organization that services poverty stricken areas in  Guatemala.

“I like helping people in poor countries,” said Alexa Branson, 3rd grader from Monroe Elementary “It feels good to know that you’re making a difference.”

To get the word out about their cause, the students are launching a full-scale promotional campaign that includes creating a website, bookmarks, posters, flyers and even comics.

One of the creators of the comic, Lincoln Elementary student Avery Utt, was excited to be able to using his love of comics to benefit someone else.

“I really like comic books, so I wanted to make one to sell,” Utt said. “We’re spreading the word and raising money.”

The class’ campaign is scheduled to go until December 18, their last SOAR class meeting before winter break. While the goal of raising $1500 is a daunting one, the class’ efforts seem to be gaining traction.

“Today, we received a $100 donation from a person in California,” said Janet Stahlschmidt, SOAR instructor. “At first we weren’t sure who it was. It turns out that it was a friend of mine that I talked to the other day.”

Sometimes, good old fashioned word of mouth is the best form of marketing.


To learn more about the 3rd grade SOAR classes Heifer International campaign, click here.