LEWISTON – A Student Council service project at Farwell Elementary School has come to a conclusion. The result is that the council was able to order a live llama and a flock of baby chicks to be sent to a needy family somewhere in South America through the organization known as Heifer International.

Heifer International was founded just after World War II when many needed help to find their way back to self-sufficiency. The work has continued since then to bring an end to hunger while protecting the environment.

By giving gifts of livestock, the organization gives people the means to lift themselves and their communities up to self-reliance. The receiving families, in time, pass on offspring of their animals to others in need, spreading the benefits to their neighbors.

The Student Council bought three stuffed animals to represent the live animals. Students and staff bought raffle tickets to win the llama, baby goat or hen.

Selling chances for a quarter, the council raised $170. The check was sent to Heifer this week. The winners were Gemma Starr Smith, second grade; Joey Zembas, first grade; and Denise Goyette, Farwell staff member.

This year’s success makes it likely the project will be an annual event. Next year the council may choose another animal from the many offered by Heifer.

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