MUSCATINE, Iowa — It may be a bird in the hand, a pig in a poke, or even a contented cow.
There’s no telling at this time how large an animal students in West Middle School’s special education department will be able to afford, but when they take down the last garage sale sign, they hope to be able to buy some sort of furry or feathered friend for someone in need.
The students have been accepting donations of new and gently used items to sell in their first fundraising garage sale on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Teacher Debby Lara said proceeds from the sale will go toward the purchase of a live animal from Heifer International as well as class field trips and projects.
Lara said Heifer International accepts donations from individuals and organizations to purchase livestock for people around the world who are in need.
Cows cost about $500, said Lara, but some other animals are less expensive.
Lara said she and her fellow teachers, Erin Plemmons and Rachael Ortega, have been talking to the students about the way people around the world live and how livestock provides food.
The teachers and para-educators plan to donate their time to manage the actual sale, said Lara, but students have been busy preparing for the event.
Students have been sorting, washing, identifying and pricing the items. They and their teachers have also gone into the community requesting permission from business owners and organization and agency directors to post fliers advertising the sale. Local radio and TV stations have also agree to help promote the event.
After the sale, the students will discuss how much money was raised and how it will be used.
Lara said donations to the sale have been steady and she’s pleased with the quality of merchandise so far. Many items are new and still packaged.
Sale items also include gently used clothing, furniture and household goods.
“We’ve been telling people they can come to our sale and get started on their Christmas shopping,” said Lara.