By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
DANVILLE — Thanks to one eighth-grade girl, 26 flocks of fowl, a goat, a pig, a sheep and a llama to needy families around the world.
The livestock, supplied through the charity Heifer International, provides people in impoverished regions with goods such as eggs, wool and meat that they can use to earn a living.
“I had donated to Heifer International before and I thought it would be good to get the whole school in on it to help end world hunger,” said Jamie Breyfogle, who just graduated from Danville Middle School’s eighth-grade class.
Jamie organized a “Penny War” for all the classrooms within Danville Middle School to see who could raise the most money. The winning class would receive doughnuts.
Donations started being collected on May 1, with Jamie collecting them on May 28, World Hunger Day.
Originally, Jamie hoped to get $20 from each middle school classroom, a total of $480, which would be enough to buy 24 flocks of fowl for impoverished families. However, the students proved much more giving, eventually raising $1,030 in donated pennies, bills and checks.
“We raised so much more than that we were able to get two extra flocks of fowl, a goat, a pig, a sheep and a llama, as well as a small (monetary) donation,” said Jamie.
Jamie and her family, parents Jim and Lynn Breyfogle and twin sister Kim, took from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the night of May 28 to count all the money. There was $137 in pennies alone.
The highest-raising class was Beth Roux’s sixth-grade class, which raised $147.24.
Jamie was thrilled with the response the district gave the Penny War. “The teachers thought it was a great idea,” she said. “Obviously the classmates thought it was a great idea because they raised so much money. I’m really proud of the whole school.”
“It was entirely her idea,” said Jim. “Any help we did was on her direction and request. She was the real driving force to get it going.”
“I’m just really proud of all the middle schoolers who participated. They did a really, really great job,” said Jamie.
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