CT Experiential Learning Center Receives Ark Award from Heifer International

In looking toward the future and fulfilling its mission of ending hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth, Heifer International has charged itself with an ambitious goal: to end the hunger and poverty for four million families by 2020 by ensuring a living wage for all.

In support of this goal the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School in Branford, CT raised $5,000.00 to help families in need around the globe through the gifts of livestock and education. Each student of CELC researched and sold sheep, goats, heifers, bees, rabbits and other livestock animals as alternative gifts to friends and family across Connecticut.

To recognize the achievement of these students, Dr. William Wernau (Heifer International Area Volunteer Coordinator) and Liz Ellis (Heifer International Community Engagement Coordinator) presented an Ark plaque to the school.

The Ark plaque recognizes outstanding achievement in fundraising and represents the gifts of two of each Heifer International animal. Each animal that is given through Heifer International supplies families in need with monetary and nutritional sustenance as well as social capital.


Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For more than seventy years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally-sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than thirty countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For information, visit www.heifer.org