What do cows, chickens and goats have to do with reading? Students in the Grant School Family can tell you. Every other year during the month of April the kindergarten through 5th grade will be participating in Heifer International's Read to Feed program. The more books the students read, the more money they will raise to provide hungry families with farm animals.
Read to Feed is a wonderful reading promotion and service project that has been developed by Heifer International as a tool to promote literacy and global education while giving our children a way to set off a chain reaction of positive change around the world. Heifer International, a non-profit organization, works to end world hunger.
During the program, students and teachers will discuss issues surrounding world hunger and how important it is that everyone does their part to make a difference. The reading goal of 100,000 minutes has been set (10 minutes per student per day). Grant School Family Student Council has pledged $600.00 and this has been matched by a contribution from Zion Church, the Grant School Family's community sponsor. At the conclusion of the program, if students have met their reading goal this money will be donated to Heifer International . Each grade level will be able to symbolically "choose" the animals that they would like to donate. The donations provide food and income-producing farm animals, and training in their care, for hungry families around the world who lack the necessary resources to improve their lives.
In the Grant School Family, our Read to Feed month also includes a special Read and Feed supper when families gather for a potluck supper and family reading time, Meet the Llamas Day, when students get a chance to see real llamas and goats, and a visit from Lakeland College students from the African nation of Malawi who share their culture and experiences with students.
Read to Feed is both a reading motivation and a unique educational opportunity. In addition to the reading component, students learn about different cultures and the importance of food security throughout the world. It also provides a way for children to become actively involved and personally make a difference.
Since 1944, Heifer International has helped over 4.5 million families become self-reliant through gifts of livestock. Every family that receives an animal passes on the gift of its offspring to another family in need.
For more information about Heifer International and its mission, visit www.heifer.org or www.readtofeed.org.