the month of April the kindergarten through fifth graders at Grant
Elementary School and the Elementary School for the Arts and Academics
(Grant School Family) participated in Heifer International's Read to
Read to Feed is a reading
incentive, global education and service-learning program. Students
obtain sponsorships from parents, friends and relatives, based on the
number of books they read. At the end of the program, the funds are
donated to Heifer International, which in turn helps poverty stricken
The Read to Feed Program has been
developed by Heifer International as a tool to promote literacy and
global education while giving 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 through the gift of
farm animals and training.
Grant School has
participated in the Read to Feed program in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.
Over $1,000 was donated to Heifer International each year and students
had an incredible, eye-opening experience to the lives and cultures of
children around the world.
Throughout the month
students read books and participated in discussions about world
population, cultural diversity, the environment and other important
issues. The Read to Feed materials include curriculum guides that are
standards-based and provide activities and lessons that help focus
efforts across all subject areas.
program, students and teachers discussed issues surrounding world
hunger and how important it is that everyone does their part to make a
difference. The reading goal of 168,000 minutes was set (15 minutes per
student per day). Grant School Family Student Council pledged $600 and
this was matched by a contribution from Zion UCC Church, the school's
At the conclusion of the
program, when students met their reading goal this money was donated to
Heifer. Each grade level symbolically "chose" the animals 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.
As part of the program, a number of special activities occurred at Grant.
kick-off event for Read to Feed month was a family supper and reading
event called Read And Feed on April 7. Families enjoyed a potluck
supper and quiet family reading in the gym. Students received a stamp
on a special "passport" for each 15 minutes they read at the event.
Tuesday, April 28, llamas visited Grant School (photo attached). This
was a great chance to get students thinking about the real animals and
their purpose/function in the parts of the world that are served by
On Thursday April 30,
Lakeland College students from the African nation of Malawi visited
Grant School. The Lakeland students are studying to become teacher
educators. They will become teachers of primary school teachers when
they get back to Malawi. They will work as instructors at one of
Malawi's five teacher-training colleges. They spoke in each classroom
about life and education in one of the parts of the world that are
helped by Read to Feed and the Heifer Project.
Friday, May 1, the month was concluded with a Read to Feed celebration,
celebrating the accomplishment of reaching the reading minutes goal and
the great feeling of being able to help people around the world who are
less fortunate. There was a special performance by the African dance
and drumming troupe Jam ak Jam from Milwaukee.