Holley Elementary Student Council continues clever fundraising

Photos by Kristina Gabalski: Brenna Embury voted for a baby goat to be born on March 27 and that is the day that Hershey gave birth to Millie, making Brenna winner of the “Kids-terry” fundraiser. She was also able to pick a plush goat toy as a prize. The real goats - Hershey and Oreo - are owned by Karen Clark and Fran Gaylord, who also provided the plush toy goats for prizes. 

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 12 April 2017 at 6:49 pm

Kindergartener Eli Sample won for his selection of April 6 as a date for baby goats to be born. Eli holds the plush toy goat he selected as a prize. Third grader Gianna Brown also won for the second birth date, but was not in school Tuesday. Gianna will also receive one of the toy goats and a certificate.

HOLLEY – Members of the Holley Elementary Student Council continue to come up with innovative ways to raise funds for local community projects and school programs.

Their most recent effort was “Kids-terry” – a lottery to guess the birth of baby goats. The effort raised money to support After School Friends.

Elementary Student Council advisor Sally Martin says the After School Friends program encourages positive social interaction and the forming of friendships.  It is a safe place with a structured environment for students in grades 4-6 which helps them to form friendships through interactive play, craft making, and exploration of new ideas.

Special guests from the community are also invited to help students learn the importance of working together and being part of a community.

The baby goat lottery helped raise funds through purchased “votes” for the date and number of kids that Oreo & Hershey – two mother goats – would have. Each vote cost 50 cents.

“The event raised $100 for ‘Kids-terry,’” Martin says.

An additional $200 was raised through collection boxes placed throughout the Holley community.

Last year, the Student Council raised funds for restoration work on the Hillside Cemetery chapel through the “Chancellor of the Chapel” fundraiser in which votes were purchased to select an animal “Chancellor” for the historic sandstone structure.

Posters were placed around Holley Elementary School during the “Kids- terry” fundraiser.  This poster shows the first kid born – Millie. Mom, Hershey, is in the photograph on the right.

Another poster shows mom, Oreo, who gave birth to her kid on April 6.

A photograph of Oreo’s kid shortly after being born. The baby was not yet named as of Tuesday morning.

Fran Gaylord, who owns the goats along with Karen Clark, poses with Oreo’s kid on April 6.

Elementary Student Council President Katelyn Randall (left), a 6th grader, and Vice President Maggie Skehan, a 4th grader, hold a coin collection box for the ongoing “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser. Advisor Sally Martin says the Holley Elementary School Student Council participates in the fundraiser each year, which is part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student Series and Philanthropy programs.  The fundraiser collects coins to help people in their battle against blood cancers.

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