Upper School Students Send Livestock to School in Need

As upper school students filed into the Hackney Theater this morning, they had no idea they’d be fundraising, problem solving and figuring out the cost of a goat.

David Richards, parent of alumni Alec ’10 and Bond Richards ’08 and founder of open-source software development and solutions company, Concursive, challenged students to use their resources for good. For the first time during an assembly, students were asked to take out their phones to research things like how many calories are in one chicken and how much it might cost to feed one person for a year. Students then had to synthesize this information, develop a way to count student pledges for livestock and come back together to create a plan.

Senior Brianna Chatman ’18 says she loved feeling so involved. “I’ve never done research for an assembly before. I liked being able to work with my classmates to get it done!”

Anna Wynn ’19 says, “A few other students and I had to figure out how we were going to tally up everyone’s pledges. It was the most innovative assembly of the year.”

In the end, students raised more than $1,000 in under one hour to send goats and chickens to the WEM School Acornhoek South Africa’s Mpumalanga province where many students come to school hungry.

In recent years, Concursive has developed a philanthropic branch that merges its technological capabilities with initiatives to effect change in local, national and international communities. Richards considers himself a “venture technologist,” someone who can help people solve real-world problems by giving them the technological capabilities to crowdsource solutions. He plans to use these solutions to connect schools in the United States with schools in the South African region to share knowledge and encourage learning in both places.

“It was the absolute best assembly,” says Ahmore Anderson ’18. “We got to be creative and come up with a name for the project. It was really fun to be able to participate in something like that.”

If you’d like to learn more about sending animals to families in need, please visit https://www.oxfam.org/ or https://www.heifer.org/.