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                           Gates School’s Peace Jam Club voted to study hunger                               all over the world. One recent project involved buying                                 goats to break the cycle of poverty in a Guatemalan                                    village.  The club had studied ways to help economic impact on areas of the world, and came up with three different activities to stop hunger.  First, they collected hundreds of donated cereal boxes for the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry.  Second, they worked on Feed My Starving Children, in conjunction with other Peace Jam clubs to pack food for Haiti.  Mayor Weisner heard about it at the Peace Jam Mini-Slam at East High, and expressed support and pride for their efforts. This last project was to raise funds and purchase goats for $40 each.   Students did research on the internet to participate in the service learning project after they found that 6,200 children die every day from hunger.  Peace Jam kids decided to raise funds and buy several goats   through a volunteer organization who will deliver them to a family for farming.
Noel Torres, Gates 4th grade student said, “We chose goats because we knew from our research that they can give cheese, milk, yogurt, fertilizer and meat, and help a family.”
Juan Olivares, fourth grade student in Ms. Bruno’s class, stated:
“I think we can help about 50% of the village because if they get a herd going, they can sell future goats to other people in the village.” 
As of this time, Peace Jam has raised enough money to purchase six goats from a service organization.
Article by J.Simons, Gates School technology labJune 4,2014