Children (individually or as a group) get sponsors for each book (or chapter or page) they read during a time frame set by their Read to Feed leader. At the end of the program, the group pools its funds and donates them to Heifer International to help Heifer assist millions of families around the world feed their families and reach self-reliance. Teachers can customize a class fundraising webpage to track progress toward the goal, simplify the fundraising process and share students’ enthusiasm.
Education plays a fundamental role in our efforts. When we pass on our supporters’ gifts in the form of animals, we teach families how to care for the animals without harming the environment. The families later pass on offspring from their animals, and the lessons they’ve learned, to other nearby families. Soon the entire community is healthier, better educated and more prosperous. Read to Feed encourages children to connect books and learning with taking action to create a just world. By including Read to Feed in your teaching, you are creating the next generation of change agents. You are passing on the knowledge of how to share and care for others.
Author: Ashley Cooksey
Library Media Specialist in Arkansas. Self-proclaimed geek. Lover of nature and music. Always learning.