Two students from Pinckney will be spending their spring break in Uganda, bringing a special gift to a small village there.
The two students – Maddie Parker of Pinckney High School and Addy Lovell of Light of the World Academy – are representing a joint effort between Shalom Lutheran Church and Light of the World Academy in Pinckney called “The Uganda Chicken Farm Project.”
Parishioners at Shalom and students at Light of the World Academy (a Montessori charter school in Pinckney) have been working since the fall to raise $10,000 to build a chicken farm in a small village near Kampala, Uganda. They raised the last of the money with a spaghetti dinner last week, and now, Maddie and Addy will be personally delivering the money to the villagers in Uganda this week.
They left on Easter Sunday and will arrive in Uganda on Tuesday. They’re joined on the trip by Addy’s mom, Pastor Vicky Lovell, one of the pastors at Shalom.
Light of the World Academy director Kathy Moorehouse said the Ugandan Chicken Farm Project was a perfect fit for the school’s mission of doing local and global outreach projects.
“Community service is one of the hallmarks of our school, and each year, we select both local and global projects that we can support,” Moorehouse said. “This year, we decided to work with Shalom to raise money for the chicken farm. It’s such an incredible project. Not only will the chicken farm be able to provide healthy food for the village; it will also result in dozens of jobs and a huge economic boost for the village. It’s going to make a huge impact on the village.”
Students at Light of the World Academy raised money in a variety of ways, including doing extra chores at home and collecting coins and bills from family members, friends and neighbors.
The school’s fifth- and sixth-graders also held a bake sale over several days that ended up raising hundreds of dollars for the chicken farm.
A variety of fund-raisers at Shalom also raised money for the project, including a comedy night, a concert featuring Pastor Chris Steubing from Shalom and a spaghetti dinner that the fifth- and sixth-grade students at Light of the World Academy helped with.
“It took a while, but we never lost faith that we could raise the $10,000 we needed,” Moorehouse said. “We knew that Addy and Maddie were leaving on Easter Sunday to deliver the money, and we knew we’d make it by then. And we did.”
On Friday, the students at Light of the World Academy held a going-away party for Addy, a fourth-grader at the school, complete with a good-luck cake. On Easter Sunday, the congregation at Shalom also bid good-luck to Addy and Maddie, sending them off with a prayer.
“The one thing I’m most looking forward to is seeing the children there,” Addy said. “That’ll be the best part.”