No kidding, the day a goat came to school

A goat at St Mary's school, Mill Bank, presented to Diocesan education officer, Revd Gill Johnson after the school raised enough money for a 300 strong goat herd in Tanzania'Pictured are Georgina Bloxham, Joe Wild, Lucy Wood, Denise Lavin, Lewis Broadbent and Revd Gill Johnson and Coriander the goat
A goat at St Mary's school, Mill Bank, presented to Diocesan education officer, Revd Gill Johnson after the school raised enough money for a 300 strong goat herd in Tanzania'Pictured are Georgina Bloxham, Joe Wild, Lucy Wood, Denise Lavin, Lewis Broadbent and Revd Gill Johnson and Coriander the goat

SCHOOLCHILDREN welcomed a special guest into their classroom to mark a successful fund-raising project.

Coriander the goat visited pupils at St Mary’s School, Mill Bank, which helped raise enough money for a 300-strong goat herd in Tanzania.

The Wakefield Diocese has been fundraising for the special project which allows families to borrow a goat to get high-quality milk which can be sold at market.

Church schools and parishes have raised enough money to complete a goat herd in Wakefield’s link diocese of Mara, in Tanzania, where the goats are given to poorer families.

Coriander the goat was presented to the diocesan education officer, Revd Gill Johnson, who visited Mara to see the goats making a difference to families’ lives.

She said: “These Saanen goats provide up to four liters of milk a day, more than a cow in Tanzania.

“This means that not only do the owners have high quality fresh milk for themselves and their families but they can also sell on the surplus.

“It is empowering. It gives the new owners independence and self respect and the goats can even fetch more at market than a cow.”