Today first graders in Ms. Nancy Qualiano’s class had an
interesting visitor, a beautiful, black and white, baby goat only four weeks
old who let out a loud bleat when introduced to the children, much to their
Ms. Leslie Search from Lahaway Farm in Cream Ridge brought
the goat to school and patiently answered the children’s questions. Formerly a member of the Newell staff, she’s
also written a children’s book about goats that the first graders read in their
class prior to this visit. Ms. Search explained what goats eat, how young goats like
to play, and why the baby goat was nervous around children. “What is her name?” asked one little girl only
to find out that the baby was unnamed because if she had a name it would be too
hard for Ms. Search to give her away.
It was a lovely sunny morning and the unusual visit took place out on the field. As her owner
cradled her in her lap, the children took turns gently petting the baby goat. A memorable moment for the children, and, we
hope, for the baby goat, too!