Story by Luo Minxia | Marketing and Resource Development Specialist for Shanghai | Heifer China
Photo by Chen Jin | Donor Services Consultant for Shanghai | Heifer China
Elementary students gathered in the small auditorium of Shanghai Jincai High School International Division in Chinas Pudong New Area on March 25, 2013, to kick off the schools second Read to Feed program.
Heifer China staff introduced Read to Feed to the 110 students, and Ms. Christian, the principal, motivated students to clap and yell to encourage themselves to participate in the program.
Which program did you participate in last year? she asked.
Read to Feed! the students answered.
Are you ready for this years program?
Yes, we are ready!
The students are ready to read more books to assist Heifer to help more people in rural China.
The schools librarian and Read to Feed coordinator said this year all of the students would take part in the program. Compared to last years 50 students from two grades, the number of participants is doubling. And, they estimate this years donation will be more than last years.
Heifer Internationals Read to Feed program encourages reading, while heightening students awareness that their actions make a difference in the lives of others. As students read more books, they improve their reading abilities and more families receive gifts of livestock and training. 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