Make A Change Club does it again

Raises $3K for charity and has lots of fun doing it

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  • Yoshi, aka Michele Lugerner, rolled on as she competed in bubble soccer.

  • Forty staff menbers of Macopin Middle School participated as super teams to help raise money for the Give A Goat Night.

  • Mmmm. What could be better than a night filled with laughs, pizza and cookies!

  • Krista Provost, one of the co-founders of the Make A Change Club, takes a selfie with many Macopin students.

  • Mactendo finished first.

  • Pizza, potato skins and jelly donuts were just a few of the things that had to be eaten - without hands - after being spun around a few times.

  • Goat Lightning had cool costumes but finished last in the competition. As is the custom, they bought breakfast for Mactendo.

  • Zombie Presidents finished second.

  • New Beginnings Globetrotters were the third place team.

  • Hundreds of kids came out for the Give A Goat Night.

Make A Change Club
In 2010, Macopin Middle School teachers Krista Rieder Provost and Joe Andriulli had an idea: to create a persuasive writing club, coupled with student activism. They created the Make a Change Club with the mission to make necessary changes in the local, national, and global communities through student voice and writing.
Since its inception, the MACC has continued to grow and has successfully raised both money and awareness for many local and national causes and charitable organizations such as breast cancer awareness, lunchroom recycling, food pantries and soup kitchens, Ranchers Relief, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the West Milford MACC Disaster Relief Fund, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), and more.
Through the MACC’s largest global charity, World Vision, the club has been able to purchase nearly 150 goats over the past six years. World Vision provides the goats to poor villages and families in South America, where dairy goats are a tremendous gift: they can produce several quarts of nutritious milk each day, a ton of milk in a year. The milk can be a source of income for the family, as it can be used to make cheese, yogurt and butter. Goat manure is used to fertilize gardens.

Oh what a night! Give a Goat Night, that is. The Macopin Middle School's Make a Change Club (MACC) held its seventh annual "Give a Goat Night" fundraising event on Friday, Jan. 27. The results were amazing, and they had fun in the process.

Here's how it works. Attendees paid $10 for an evening of entertainment along with refreshments. The entertainment was provided by "super teams," comprised of 40 Macopin staff members, that compete in some pretty wacky events. They formed four teams: Goat Lightning, Mactendo, New Beginnings Globetrotters and Zombie Presidents.

The teams competed in events including fire suit and shoot, dizzy bat, Five-course course where participants spin five times and then attempt to eat something without using their hands, goat launcher and bubble soccer.

The participants had a great time and those in the stands had even bigger laughs.

The resultsMactendo placed first, followed by Zombie Presidents, New Beginnings Globetrotters and Goat Lightning.

As is the tradition, the last place team, Goat Lighting, bought breakfast for the winners, Mactendo.

None of this would have been possible, according to Provost, without the great volunteer parents and teachers of Macopin.

All for a good causeThe funds raised benefit three charities, chosen by the club - a local, national and international charity.

More than 300 students attended the evening's festivities. The club raised more than $3,100. According to Krista Rieder Provost, a founder of the MACC, the funds will be distributed this way:

International - The club is purchasing 30 goats from World Vision to donate to less fortunate villages in South America

National - $500 to St. Jude's through the "Have a Heart" Foundation, started by April Roccisano, a current MACC member

Local - $500 to a the family of Jimmy Pier, 24, of Vernon. Pier, a former wrestler from middle school through high school, sustained a spinal cord injury in October after falling from a tree while hunting. He currently has lost all function below his waist and attends physical therapy.

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