Archive for Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Reading to help others

VES hopes to use books to raise money for needy families

November 25, 2003

Vinland Elementary School students are hitting the books in an effort to help impoverished families.

The school kicked off its Read to Feed program last week, encouraging students to read books as a way to help others.

The VES student leadership team organized the fundraiser, which has students obtaining pledges from parents, relatives and teachers for each book they read. The money raised by the students will be given to Heifer International, where livestock like cows, pigs and chickens are given to disadvantaged families to help them become self-reliant.

"It's for families in poorer countries that don't have much food," VES fifth grader Colin Thomas said.

Thomas, the student leadership team's president, said the school has done several fundraisers in the past, but this was the first time the students attempted raising money with the Read to Feed program.

"We're just doing something we haven't done before," he said. "It's good though. Everybody reads a lot."

Fourth grader Landon Hay, student leadership vice president, said he thought it was a good fundraiser for the school to do.

"I just think to send supplies to a town or a family that's less fortunate than us is a great idea," Hay said.

Chad Scoby, VES math teacher and student leadership team coordinator, said the students on the leadership team were excited about the program.

"I told them we're doing this for people in other countries that don't have what we have," he said. "They understand how important it is and they're ready to do it. They loved it."

The students will have until the end of the third quarter in March to read as many books as possible. Scoby said the leadership team had yet to set a goal, but the students indicated they wanted to raise enough money for the Heifer International's $1,000 milk menagerie -- a heifer, a water buffalo and two goats.

Both he and the students said they thought it was a realistic goal based on the success the school has had with previous fundraisers.

Scoby said not only did the Read to Feed program help impoverished families, it also benefited the students as well.

"Of course, it promotes reading," he said. "It's one of those things we can incorporate into school."

But fourth grader Louis Joslyn, the leadership team's treasurer, was only thinking about the others the program would benefit.

"It's just about helping other people," he said.

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