Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Why Are There Goats And Chickens On Campus Miss Rorey?

Believe it or not, our annual “Read to Feed” fundraising event is just beginning!

For the last several years, IST has been working closely with the Heifer International non-profit organization to help raise the standard of living for many families in our community. For more information on Heifer International check out: www.heifer.org. (Also, if you are one of our readers from overseas, think about going to the website and making a donation. They are a great organization!)

“Read to Feed” was developed to promote literacy while giving students a way to set off a chain of positive change around the world. Children ask reading sponsors to help them raise money to buy gifts of livestock for impoverished families. Our IST donations go directly to the Tanzanian branch of Heifer. The organization then provides a “living loan” of an animal and the training needed to take care of it. Each family that is given a “living loan” repays the loan by passing on one or more of their gift animal’s offspring to another family in need….and so on.

Parents can help by simply helping our children find reading sponsors and by encouraging nightly reading. Students brought home sponsor sheets last week to have filled out. This week, students should start their nightly reading and recording their reading on the "Read to Feed" sheets.

Dates to be on the lookout for:
• Weeks of February 7th- 25th students read nightly for Read to Feed
• Week of March 1-4 Donations collected

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
~Mother Teresa

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