The Young Humanitarian League was born at Penn Manor last year during a discussion in a modern world history class taught by Donna Brady.
The students were right in the middle of a class discussion about world poverty when they decided, then and there, they wanted to do something about it, recalled Brady.
The students felt that they could work toward their goal to help world poverty by contributing to the Heifer International organization – a 65-year-old initiative that sends pairs of animals to poor farmers around the world.
With a goal of raising $5,000. The club plans on sending between thirteen and sixteen pairs of animals around the world to poor farmers in need of livestock.
Last year the club raised $3,000 and is trying to raise more by selling gummy bears, hosting a teacher dress-down day, having a stand at spring fling, and holding sub sales.
The original group has grown a lot from last year to this year, according to Brady. The group has an active group of officers and a president. The current president of the club is Will Shipley.
The students have not yet met formally during club this school year but the gummy bear sale in Brady’s room is going strong.
Last year a student, Cody Diehl, donated $500 of his own money to the club.
Diehl is a young student who works on his great uncle’s farm. He worked on the farm for six months in order to donate the $500 to the club.
He sets aside 10 percent of his paycheck to donations every week. He also donates to his church, Manor B.I.C. (Brethren In Christ).
“I feel great and thankful to help the less fortunate,” said Diehl.
By Patrick Miller and Tyler Keith