Elementary School's Voracious Readers Raise CHF 6350 to Buy Livestock for Impoverished Families
Posted 05/18/2016 02:00PM

For the fourth consecutive year, students in the TASIS Elementary School have teamed with Heifer International to donate livestock to struggling families all over the the world. Students have once again participated in the nonprofit organization’s incentive program Read to Feed, which calls upon them to find sponsors for any time they spend reading. This year’s classes combined to raise CHF 6350, a new TASIS record.

“Through this project, we hope that students will not only have another reason to read but will also be able to learn important lessons about different cultures around the world and the importance of using the Earth's resources wisely while recognizing that they can serve as agents of change.”

At the end of the program, students collect their pledges and each class pools its money and decides which animals it would like to buy. The first year, students in the first grade bought six goats. The second year they earned CHF 1,600, enough to buy more than 10 goats. Last year students in grades 2–5 were also invited to participate, and the Elementary School combined to raise 4,657 CHF, which yielded 17 goats, five flocks of hope, four llamas, two sheep, two flocks of ducks, two flocks of chicks, one heifer, and one milk menagerie.

This year’s money will be used to purchase 14 flocks of chicks, eight sheep, seven pigs, seven goats, six hives of honeybees, three llamas, three trios of rabbits, two hope baskets, two gifts of a boost of nutrition, two gifts to send a girl to school, two flocks of ducks, one heifer, one knitter’s gift basket, one gift of clean water, one water buffalo, one gift of a healthy home, one flock of hope, and one community health worker kit. An additional CHF 6350 will be donated to families in need through Heifer International’s May Match Campaign.

Founded in 1944, Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. The Read to Feed program encourages reading while also teaching students that their actions can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. The effect of the animal donation approach is magnified over time, as the first offspring of any animal must be given to a new family in need.

“Through this project, we hope that students will not only have another reason to read but will also be able to learn important lessons about different cultures around the world and the importance of using the Earth's resources wisely while recognizing that they can serve as agents of change,” said first-grade teacher Carol Anklan, who leads the Read to Feed project as part of the Elementary School’s robust Service Learning Program.

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