unnamed Sylvester Middle School needs Goats! That’s right…GOATS! To help women farmers in Africa, that is… A “We Create Change” fundraiser is in full gear at the school, and they have raised $550 towards their goal of $2500 – equivalent to 50 goats – for women farmers in Africa. Teacher Breck Ivy is behind the Goat Drive. He’s a Highline High School alum (1995), and was also a student at Sylvester in the late 80s/early 90s. He and his colleague Stan Thesenvitz (also SMS and HHS alum, c/o ’95), brought twenty 7th and 8th grade students to WE Day on April 24. “We were inspired to start fundraising for causes we believe can create big change for families overseas, as well as help our students realize that they can create big change in the lives of others,” he said. “To meet our ambitious goal, we need help from our community,” reads an announcement. “Our deadline is June 12th.” “We are challenging local businesses, Sylvester alum, and others within the community to sponsor a classroom. Tax deductible donations of any denomination will be accepted through Friday, June 12th. Feel free to donate by using our attached “Go Fund Me” link, or make checks payable to Sylvester Middle School.” HOW TO HELP You can drop checks off in the main office, donate online here, or snailmail your donation to 16222 Sylvester Rd. SW, Burien, 98166. Here’s more info:

Details The challenge to our student body is two-fold. If their 1st period class raises $50, enough for one goat, they will be able to participate in our annual field day activities. If one class raises more than $50, they can choose a class to donate their excess funds. The idea is that we all work together to not only improve the lives of those overseas, but to raise awareness within our own school, and to build upon the philanthropically strong foundation we have in place at Sylvester Middle School. Why should you… $50 can provide a goat for a family overseas. Your gift of a goat can flourish into a herd, providing an entire family with nutritious milk and sustainable income. That herd enables a woman to start turning her home farm into a thriving business. Equipped with entrepreneurial training and financial education, she can earn enough to send her children to school, plan for emergencies and build a better future for her family. Ending poverty once and for all means sustainably equipping families with the tools they need so they can empower themselves and their communities. WE Day Inspires WE Day is an event where students from across Washington State come together to draw inspiration from each other, as well as a number of celebrities, inventors, athletes, artists, and philanthropists from around the World. Our students were inspired to start fundraising for a cause called “We Create Change”. We were all drawn to this cause because people love goats, and we didn’t realize how much a difference one goat could make for a family in African villages/towns. If you have questions and/or need more information, please email [email protected], with “Goat Fundraiser” in the subject line.
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