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Our Lady of Lourdes students raise $1,021 to help African, Asian families

Good For You | by Nova Beall

During its "moo" service learning initiative this year, students at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Dunedin raised more than $1,000 and used the money to buy livestock for hungry families and communities in developing countries. The students partnered with Heifer International, a nonprofit organization that provides education to families in Africa and Asia on how to use gifts of livestock and plants to create sustainable lifestyles.

To raise the money, cookies and milk were sold during snack time and after Mass during September. Students also made and sold cow-print hair bows and awareness ribbons. Enough was collected — $1,021.44 — to buy two cows.

Teachers incorporated a curricular component during daily lessons in social studies, math, language arts and religion and the school utilized Heifer International's "Read To Feed" program, teaching the message of sustainability through fictional literature.

The project is part of a yearlong, schoolwide initiative that partners students with nonprofit organizations in an effort to live the Corporal Works of Mercy, which are comprised of seven elements that concern the material needs of others. Throughout October, the students will work with The Water Project, a nonprofit organization that builds wells and sanitation systems in five African countries.

North Pinellas residents celebrating 100th birthdays and 50th wedding anniversaries are also featured in the Good For You column. For submission information or a form, contact Nova Beall, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756; fax (727) 445-4119; or email

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