The students at Lakewood School have been busy reading books for pleasure, and to become better readers. At the same time they have been helping end world hunger and improve the environment through Heifer International’s Read to Feed program. The sponsored program helps students raise money for Heifer to provide livestock, seeds, trees, and training to families in need around the world.
Said third grader Faith LaRose:
“My favorite part about Read to Feed is that we get to explore new books and we get to save families in need!”
With Read to Feed, students enlist sponsors who pledge donations. Then they read, and as they finish more books, the pledges grow higher until at the end of the program, the children gather the pledges, pool their money and donate the total collected to Heifer to use to help families build sustainable lives and to become self-reliant. No matter the size of the gift, the impact is great. Just $20 buys a flock of chicks, which can provide a family protein through eggs and an income. For $60, students can buy trees to provide fruit for a family and at the same time help protect the soil. For $120, students can give a family a goat, which provides milk for the home and to sell for income to pay for school fees, medical care and to use to build a better, more hopeful life.
At Lakewood School, students raised $755, enough to purchase a water buffalo, a llama, a goat, a pig, a trio of rabbits, and honeybees.
Third grader Breanna Moe said:
“My favorite part of donating animals to kids who need help is just knowing they will be happy in the end just like me.”
The gift will continue to grow through Heifer’s cornerstone Passing on the Gift. With this, each family agrees to share their animal’s first-born female offspring, as well as the education and training they received, with another family, multiplying the benefit. Receivers become givers and over time a community is lifted.Through Read to Feed, not only are the children learning to love to read, but they are also learning how wonderful it feels to help others in need, and the needs of hungry and poverty stricken families can be satisfied, too.
Third grader Marshall Walters said:
“My favorite part was getting people to donate because it was for a good cause that gives to the poor to help save lives.”
Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 50 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities in need become more self-reliant. Grader at Lakewood School For more information, visit www.heifer.org or call 1-800-696-1918.