Give a Goat Night next week at Macopin

27 Jan 2014 | 12:25

— The Macopin Middle School Make a Change Club, or MACC, is hosting its 4th annual "Give a Goat Night" on Friday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The MACC will be completing its local, national, and global projects through this one event.

The local change is to continue to fund the newly created West Milford Disaster Relief Fund. MACC started the fund last winter following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The MACC met with Mayor Bettina Bieri and learned that the town did not have a disaster relief fund following an event like the hurricane.

The national change will be to donate money to the Ranchers Relief Fund, to help families affected in South Dakota by a storm in the fall that wiped out their farms and killed many of their animals.

And finally, their global project is to continue donating goats to less fortunate villages in South America. The MACC has donated 70 goats since its first Give a Goat Night in 2011. They are hoping to donate an additional 30 goats to reach their goal of 100 goats in four years.

What will happen
Last year, the MACC brought back a Macopin teacher tradition from the 1970s and 1980s called Superteams in which the teachers created teams and competed in various events. Thirty teachers volunteered last year, creating superteams and competing in events like wobbly broomstick relay, cake eating contest, fireman suit and shoot relay and team wheelbarrow race. The winning team was “Old School,” led by Macopin Principal Mary Reinhold and Vice Principal Marc Citro.

This year, the teachers have created four teams for the competition and they will be competing in similar events. However, there is an added incentive for the teams. The last place team will be camping out on the roof of Macopin School following an activity night in the spring. The third place team will be preparing a breakfast for the first place team.

Additional teachers are volunteering their time to attend the event and support their fellow colleagues as they work for this coveted title. Local businesses are working to make the night a success, including Cake Creations in West Milford, JR’s Screen printing, and Macopin Pizza.

How you can help
Everyone is invited to attend the event. Admission is $10, which includes a slice of pizza, water and a dessert from the bake sale.

For those who wish to donate to the event, contact Krista Provost, faculty advisor, at krista.provost@wmtps.org.