Jan West Schrock, author of the much acclaimed children’s book Give a Goat, will appear at the Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm to share the true story of how one goat inspired a classroom of children and changed the life of a village in Uganda.
Jan’s father, Dan West, was a Midwestern farmer who served as a relief worker during the Spanish civil war. As he was handing out milk to needy children one day, he realized, "These children don't need a cup. They need a cow." West went on to found Heifers for Relief, sending its first shipment of heifers to Puerto Rico in 1944.
Jan herself spent twenty-eight years as a classroom teacher, special needs teacher, and administrator, both in the United States and abroad. She is now a senior advisor for Heifer International, an organization that has grown to serve over 8.5 million people in more than 125 countries. Jan lives in Westbrook, Maine, but travels the world to talk about "passing on the gift."
This inspiring program is suitable for children, families, and the general public. For additional information about this event and other programs offered at the Scarborough Public Library, visit http://www.library.scarborough.me.us/
, or call 883-4723 option 3. This event is free and open to the public.