Described as "a senseless act of cruelty," in mid-July 29 goats were shot at the Lubbock ISD Ag Barn. Most died from their wounds, others were euthanized later. It was n unthinkable crime whose perpetrators have still not been brought to justice. Then in August, an additional 10 goats were killed in what appeared to be a dog attack.

Fundraising work is in progress to recover from the attacks. I spoke with Jacey Lester, the Head Chairman for the Texas Tech Alpha Zeta Fundraiser and a former Monterey Ag student, about an opportunity to help raise money so future incidents like these can be avoided.

Lester explained that the program the school was using the goats for is a project for the Monterey and Coronado FFA (Future Farmers of America).

"It basically teaches all these children leadership, work ethic, responsibility, with having these animals, raising them, and just teach them the responsibility of life and that it's in their hands," she told me.

She explained what the program was working to teach: "How to go out into the world and be ready for everything, ready for the challenges that it's going to bring us and how to face and deal with the diversity in the world."

Jacey said their fundraising goal is $1,050. She said eight girls joined forces with her to collect donations and sponsorships and put together this fundraiser event.

"We are Ag majors ourselves, so it's very important that we teach people about leadership and show how it runs through our character in the future, that we learned in high school and all of our childhood growing up," said Lester.

The Fundraiser Carnival and BBQ is Saturday November 19th from 12 - 3 p.m. at John Walker Soccer Complex at Texas Tech University on 10th street at the Texas Tech Parkway.

You can expect 10 different carnival booths and  live music from the Camron Jones Band.

Lunch will be served with brisket, sausage, beans, potato salad and bread.

Tickets are $10 each and children age 5 and under eat free.

Jacey said all proceeds will be donated straight to Monterey and Coronado FFA Chapters, to the students and teachers for whatever they need to prevent this from happening in the future and to help the children replace their goat projects.


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