Help "Steer" Gavino To His Future Carreer
Organized by: Angie Sanchez
EVENT DATE Dec 01, 2014
I have been thinking about doing this for a few days but was a bit hesitant about it. Honestly, I was embarrassed. I finally said yes thanks to a couple of people who helped me see that it wasn't a bad thing or something to be embarrassed about either. Instead something I should be proud of.
You see, this fundraiser is not for me. It is for my son Gavino. He will be 16 years old next month in November and is a junior in high school. Although he has never been in any kind of trouble at school he has also NEVER been involved in any activities either. He doesnt like sports, band or anything the school may have. I kid you not, this kid hasnt had much interest in anything and for the longest time had no clue of what he wanted to do with his life in the future. That changed completely last year.
He finally got involved in the FFA program at school when he was a sophomore. FFA stands for "Future Farmers of America". These kids get pigs, goats, lambs, steer and cows at just a few months of age. They raise these animals and care for them. Last year my son purchased a goat. I thought he was crazy but I was happy he was involved in something. He raised his goat and showed it in different competitions and won several awards for it as well and ranking in the top 3. This year he raised a lamb for the first time. He showed his lamb in the show ring just recently and placed in 6th for showmanship and 3rd for meat market quality and also 2nd place for carcass contest. He is also an officer in the FFA committee at his school this year. I couldn't be happier and more proud of my boy. He came home one day and told me he knows what he wants to do with his life. He wants to attend Cal Poly and study Veterinary Medicine. Thanks to this school program, my son finally found something that motivates him. He found his calling in these animals and loves working with them. This program has taught him responsibility and work ethics. He has to feed these animals and care for them and this is not just a weekday thing. He gives up his weekends to make sure the animals are fed at their scheduled feeding times. It's not easy let me tell you. As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to help your child but this is his thing. It is what he wants to do and theres times when he gets home around 8 pm exhausted and hungry but still stays up to do his homework. See, this program allows kids to be a part of it only if they maintain a certain grade point average and can only have A's and B's in their grades and since he is an officer, he has no choice than to keep his grades up. My boy has come a long way with this program and even though things get hard for him, he always manages to find a way to get things done for these animals and keep up with his school work.
The steer is something he wants to do next. Raise it from a calf to an adult. He will also be entering contests and show his steer in show rings. It will require a different type of care than the goats and lambs of course and this will be another exciting experience for him as well. Being able to get the steer will also benefit him when he applies for scholarships. A steer under his belt will open many doors for him in the future and that is the main reason for this fundraiser. I dont have thousands in my wallet or even my bank account but I will be working more hours to try and get the money together for his steer. However, I humbly ask for your help to raise money to put towards the purchase of his steer and the project itself. Feeding a steer will be a challenge because monthly fees for feeding are about $250 or more. Whatever amount of money that will be raised will go strictly for his project. The purchase of the steer and also feeding and bedding. My son is giving up his birthday and christmas for this and he himself has put some money aside in a jar for this steer project. If you can find it in your heart to help my son "steer" his way to his future carreer, I will forever be grateful and so will my son. He truly is one amazing kid.
Thank you so much