Pursuing a Passion

Students in Mrs. Joanne Broussard’s first grade class transformed a social studies lesson into a learning adventure. During their study of cultural anthropology, the students watched a video about children in a Tongan village in Africa, and were moved by the differences between their own comfortable lives and the lives of the children they saw. They began to ask questions about the children's access to water and education, and they began to wonder how they could help.

Instead of moving on to the next planned activity in the lesson, Mrs. Broussard encouraged the discussion and explored with the students ways that they could assist the African children. Their explorations led them to the Heifer International website, where they viewed different options for donors to fund aid to children and families in villages such as the one in the video. 

The first graders debated which options would make the most difference in the lives of the children, and decided to raise money to send a girl to school through Heifer International, a gift requiring a $275 donation. One student suggested hosting a cookie sale to meet the goal. After taking over the Lafayette Campus kitchens to bake more than 1,000 cookies, the students surpassed their goal of $275, and raised more than $700.

View a video and read more about the project here


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