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Read to Feed
Our school has chosen to participate in Read to FeedÂ®â€š a reading incentive program designed by Heifer International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending world hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. We hope you are proud that your child is joining other children who are changing the world.
Read to Feed allows children to help find solutions to global problems like hunger and poverty. Children are asked to find sponsors for each book they read (or unit of time they spend reading) during a time frame set by their leader. The goal is to promote reading and to help Heifer provide livestock for struggling families who have few resources and need an ongoing source of income. These gifts help families move out of poverty to self-reliance. Each grade level decided a reasonable goal for children in their grade. Sponsors set a pledge amount based on the amount of time spent reading above and beyond their normal â€œnightly readingâ€ (Please see your childâ€™s goal below)â€”a quarter or a dollar, or any desired amount. At the end of the program, children collect their pledges, pool their and then each grade level will decide what type of livestock they would like to buy for families in need.
Read to Feed is an exciting adventure for children. Along the way, they learn many important lessons about different cultures around the world and learn the importance of using the Earthâ€™s resources wisely. They learn the value of self-reliance. Maybe most important, they learn that they can make a difference in the world.
Below are important dates regarding Read to Feed:
Monday, February 21st- Students receive Real Kids, Real Animals: Read to Feed Student Guide. Children start collecting sponsors.
Monday, February 28th - Children start reading!!! Remember to log their nightly reading in the â€œRead to Feedâ€ Booklist found in the back of Real Kids, Real Animals: Read to Feed Student Guide.
Monday, March 7th - Reading Done!!! Children collect money from their sponsors.
Thursday, March 10th- Money from sponsors are due to your childâ€™s teacher.
Friday, March 18th- "Cow Cupcake Party" for the class that raised the most money!!
We appreciate your encouragement and support of your child while he or she participates in Read to Feed. It will not require much time on your part, but will mean less fortunate children around the world will have an ongoing source of food, perhaps an opportunity to go to schoolâ€”and hope for a better tomorrow.
Written by: Richard Wikfors
Posted: Feb 21, 2011 by Richard Wikfors