One of the goals at Ambassador Academy in Ahwatukee Foothills is to teach their students about social responsibility. Whether that is instilling a sense of purpose or learning to care about the environment, the students come away with a greater understanding of their place in the world, the principal said.

For a social responsibility project, two brothers at Ambassador Academy raised money for an organization called World Vision, which sends livestock to families in third world countries. Eliseo and Jorge Cesin collected $135 that, donated to World Vision, purchased two live chickens for five African families.

"We didn't want them to be hungry," Jorge Cesin, 7, said.

There are six characteristics that the school preaches to students: honesty, leadership, respect, responsibility, self-control and social responsibility. Principal Elba Iris Reyes said her job is to make sure they understand each characteristic.

"They have to put them all into action," she said.

Collecting money for World Vision satisfied several of them. While searching for something to do for a school project, the brothers wanted to do something that would be meaningful.

"Part of social responsibility is helping others and helping the environment," Eliseo, 9, said. "Even if they are things we didn't (personally) cause. It makes the world a better place."

The brothers collected money from their classmates and donated money they raised doing chores. Initially their goal was for $100 but surpassing it was a tribute to their dedication, Reyes said. Next year they have their sight set on raising double that amount.

"We want to keep raising money up until next Christmas," Eliseo said.

Along with live chickens, people can also donate ducks, goats and more to people in poor countries around the world.

To find out more, visit their website, www.worldvision.org. Ambassador Academy is located at 3820 E. Ray Road.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or troemhild@ahwatukee.com

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