Sacred Heart 4K class exceeds its llama goal

3 llamas purchased to help people in Bolivia

Contributed photo The 4-year-old kindergarten class shows off some of the items students created as part of the Llamas of Love project. From left, front row, Scarlett Chambers, Livvy Grignon and Wesley Rush; middle row, Hunter Goetsch, Hyla Pozorski, Remington Montour and Carmen Grimm; back row, teacher Michelle Powers, Kanen Oreskovic-Cotter, Kendall Chambers, Lane Brunker, Ramona Meidam and Mason Bruns.

Sacred Heart Catholic School’s four-year-old class tripled its Llamas of Love service project by raising enough funds to purchase three llamas for families living in Bolivia.

Teacher Michelle Powers had discussed with her students in early February what they could do to serve others and after viewing the Catholic Foundation’s World Mission Services Project booklet, the class knew that the purchasing llamas was going to be its mission. The llamas purchased will provide much needed milk and wool for the three families.

For Powers, the project was a way to teach her students that the needs of others extend far beyond their own community. The lesson was also aimed at teaching an important lesson of global service.

“The students were able to help people they would never meet, which is truly just an act of love,” Powers said.

The students also viewed and learned about Bolivia, using maps and a globe.

The goal was to raise enough funds to purchase one llama, but to triple that goal was such a heartwarming feeling for the class and the entire school community, according to Powers.

“We never expected this type of response, and I just want to take a minute to express my gratitude to the many people it took to get three llamas,” Powers said. “What a great example of how wonderful this community can be.”

The students seemed to gain a good understanding of the great work they did for others and shared their teacher’s excitement.

“I like to help people,” Hyla Pozorski said.

When asked why this service project was a good idea, Livvy Grignon said: “It makes Jesus feel good.”

Lane Brunker said he knows that God’s love is for all His people, all over the world.

“God loves all of us,” Brunker said. “Those people needed clothes and milk.”

“The children found a passion for helping others,” Powers said. “Hopefully this inspires them for years to come. They are learning what it takes to be productive members of society.”

Powers said was never worried about trying to get 4-year-olds to participate in a large-scale service project and encourages others to consider getting children of all ages involved in service work.

“Just go for it,” Powers said. “They may be little, but community service is about one thing, helping. That’s a lesson that you are never too young to learn.”