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Students at Osceola Intermediate School in Wisconsin recently completed a month-long Read to Feed program, and had one of the best payoffs ever. 

The school has been participating in the program for six years, and had set a goal to read 210,000 minutes, said Amy Kraemer, the school counselor. But the students exceeded that goal by nearly 17,000 minutes. The total numbers were 226,729 minutes read and $6,184.95 raised, she said.

Kraemer said the incentive to meet the goal was that the principal would milk a cow and drink the milk.

The Osceola Intermediate School Principal making good on his promise to milk a cow if his students read at least 210,000 minutes during their Read to Feed program.

"In the more than six years of doing Read to Feed, our school has raised over $42,000 through the program," Kraemer said. "Our students are true believers in the motto, 'Kids CAN Change the World!'"

Kraemer also shared that a high school teacher who runs her own fundraiser for Heifer, Peg Medcraft, said, “We are changing perspectives and giving hope to so many students and to families worldwide through Heifer.  That is a true teaching legacy.” 

And it's true. Thank you to everyone at Osceola for being an inspiration to us all, and thank you for helping so many families transform their lives.

Learn more about Heifer's Read to Feed program, or find out how you can sign up today. 



Annie Bergman

Annie Bergman is a Global Communications Manager and helps plan, assign and develop content for the nonprofit’s website, magazine and blog. Bergman has interviewed survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, beekeepers in Honduras, women’s groups in India and war widows in Kosovo, among many others in her six years at Heifer.