Kids Love Read to Feed
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 27, 2012) Heifer International, the global hunger and poverty charity, has a fun and fulfilling way for teachers to enliven their classs reading efforts this school year. Read to Feed is a powerful reading incentive program that also fosters in children a passion for helping others.
Its a well-established fact that developing a childs reading ability, especially in the early years, is critical to that childs future success. Teachers must constantly find new ways to motivate children to press forward with their reading efforts. Read to Feed melds the exciting work of Heifer International worldwide with specific reading goals.
InRead to Feed, children (individually or as a group) get sponsors for each book they read during their challenge period. At the end of the program, the group pools its funds and decides which animals to donate through Heifer International, to help other families move from hunger to self-reliance.
The Read to Feed program can be customized for any classroom, and the resources in the Read to Feed kit make the program easy for class leaders. East Granby, CT, Public Library Director Lisa Salazar, spoke of the program in glowing terms, according to the East Granby Patch. I think were teaching the kids about giving thats huge, Salazar said.
Heifer Internationals animal gifts are fun, but theyre also powerful instruments in the struggle against hunger. Animals provide nutrition for malnourished families, and their excess products (eggs, milk, wool, etc.) can be sold for money to pay for school, medicine and other expenses. When they reproduce, their offspring will be passed on to another needy family. With the gift of an animal, any student can be part of the solution to hunger and poverty.
Just like adults, kids discover new enthusiasm for their efforts when they know theyre making a difference to others. Raising the money for an animal gift is an accomplishment children can be proud of. Many classes that participate in Read to Feed report that children get more excited about reading when they are working toward the goal of a Heifer International animal.
About Heifer International:
Heifers mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. 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 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org or call (800) 696-1918.