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Paramount students get their goat

Students raise money to buy goat and send it to needy family overseas

January 12, 2011
  • Mike Martin, left, is shown with Chica the goat. Back row, from left, Lisa Hoffman and Lucy Austin. Middle row, Lillian Sommerville, Jessica Isales, Micha Wilson, Nasira Wilson, Trenton Campbell, Elmer Lopez, Jackson Hoang, Emma Bruno, Evan Main and Mara Goetz. Front row, Kaylee Wetzel, Ben Stahl, Anna Steig, Deyonna Reynolds, Avery Simons, Addy Harvey, Kyneef Smith, Megan Seibert, Destiny McGlothan, Riley Batista, Faith Foncham, Ethan Lewis, Chris Vecchio and Yusuf Murshiddinov.
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HAGERSTOWN — Paramount Elementary School kindergarten students in Lucy Austin’s class earned money to buy a goat through Heifer International.  

The goat will be given to a needy family in another country.

The goat will be pregnant when it arrives and the family will be able to start a small herd of goats. They will be able to use the milk to nourish their family and perhaps sell the extra milk.   

While learning about goats, the students had one come in to visit them.   

The students enjoyed meeting and visiting with Chica the goat, drinking goat milk and eating some goat cheese.  

The children earned the money to buy the goat by doing small jobs around the house. As they dropped their money into the bucket each day, it was fun to hear them say things like, “I earned this by taking out the garbage,” or “I got this for helping my Dad wash the car.”  

The students are making a graph showing that in just a few years this one goat would be able to produce enough offspring to have  eight goats.  

Eight goats are able to make 32 quarts of milk in a single day.

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