To amplify their Social Justice unit that includes options for the poor, care of God’s creation, and issues of immigration, the St. Agnes and St. Dominic 7th graders spend three days in early October at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas.
Heifer Ranch is a working farm. Upon their arrival students learn how to build a fire for cooking their scarce food. Each student is assigned a Third World village they experience: Thailand, Guatemala, Zambia, Tibet, Appalachia, a refugee camp, or an urban slum. Through the Heifer experience, students learned that nothing could be taken for granted— shelter, food, water, or cooking fuel. After spending two nights at the global ranch, the students understood more fully the need to take action in their own lives that “will positively impact the environment and world around them.”