"I couldn't be prouder of our fourth grade, as they have truly caught the spirit of giving to others in such a simple way," said Paul Garcia, Head of School at St. Barnabas. "In addition, they are seeing how truly fortunate we are in this country. I have a feeling they will never forget this experience."
The kids' excitement is spreading beyond just reading. A few have gone above and beyond by operating lemonade stands and garage sales. Through this and soliciting sponsors, the kids have applied communication skills when approaching adults. "It's fun to see their excitement," Ruston added. They planned to exceed their goal of one cow and in addition, raise enough support to purchase a goat, or perhaps a second cow through the same organization.
The fourth grade students did exactly that. Finishing their fundraising journey on November 21st, 2016, with enough to purchase 3 Heifers, 1 Lama, 1 Pig, 1 Sheep, 1 Flock of Chickens, 1 Flock of Ducks, 1 Alpaca, and some extra cash to go towards whatever is needed most. This was abundantly more than anyone had expected and Mrs. Ruston hinted that, this year, her class will really understand "Thanksgiving."