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Lincoln Students’ Fundraising Will Help Raise Families from Poverty

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Lincoln Students’ Fundraising Will Help Raise Families from Poverty
Posted on 06/13/2016
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Lincoln Middle School eighth-graders have raised a total of $2,315 for Heifer International. The funds are being matched by three organizations and businesses, including IDEXX Laboratories, and will be used to purchase gifts such as honeybees, goats and clean water for families living in poverty around the world.

The students will hold a celebration of their unusual fundraiser on Tuesday, June 14, at 11:35 a.m. at the school, located at 522 Stevens Avenue. They’ll watch a short video produced by Heifer International, see a slideshow that highlights the gifts they’ll purchase, and hear a few words from Jan Schrock, the daughter of the founder of Heifer International, a nonprofit that works in 125 countries to help families in poverty attain sustainable livelihoods through community-owned interventions.

“I really feel that we are a ‘village of children’ who will have raised a (small) village of people out of poverty!” said the students’ math teacher, Claire Olson-Crocker. “As they say, ‘It takes a village ...’” 

The students began their fundraising effort earlier this spring, employing a number of strategies. They wrote persuasive letter to businesses, telling them about Heifer International and asking for support. They asked relatives, neighbors and family friends to help and saved their spare change. The students also watched videos to learn about poverty and hunger in various locations.

The gifts the students plan to purchase will now be doubled, thanks to help from matching partners such as IDEXX, a Westbrook-based global market leader in diagnostics and information technology solutions for animal health and water and milk quality. The gifts the students selected are: nine gifts of honeybees; six goats; six flocks of chickens: three flocks of ducks; two hope baskets; two gifts of clean water; one flock of hope; one community health care kit; one promise gift basket; and one share of women’s empowerment.

The students would like to thank business that contributed, including: Amec Foster Wheeler; Boothbay Harbor Lobster; Brighton Eye Care; Casablanca Comics; Chadbourne Landscaping; DiMillo's Restaurant; Dufour Tax Group; Forest Avenue Veterinary; Harborview Investments; Katie Made Bakery; Mayer Builders; Oakhurst Dairy; Otto Pizza; Putney, Inc.; Richard P. Waltz Plumbing; Ronald Seekins, DDS; State Farm Insurance, Bob Boylen; Suburban Propane; and Welch's Service Center.