Community served: Developing Nations served by Heifer International
What do cows, chickens and goats have to do with reading? Students at Lime Kiln Middle School in Fulton can tell you. 8th graders participated in Heifer International’s Read to Feed program. The more books the students read, the more money they raised to provide hungry families with farm animals.
During the program, students and teachers discussed issues surrounding world hunger and poverty, and earned pledges from family, friends, and community members for the number of books they read, or amount of time spent reading. At the conclusion of the program, students collected the money from their sponsors and donated it to Heifer. The donations provide food- and income-producing farm animals, and training in their care, for hungry families around the world who lack the necessary resources to improve their lives. As a culminating activity, the students took a walking field trip to the Iager Farm, located right next to the school, to get some real-life experience with what it takes to care for and feed livestock.
Read to Feed is both a reading motivation and a unique educational opportunity. In addition to the reading component, students learned about different cultures and the importance of food security throughout the world. It also provided a way for children to become actively involved and personally make a difference.
Since 1944, Heifer International has helped more than 4.5 million families become self-reliant through gifts of livestock. Every family that receives an animal passes on the gift of its offspring to another family in need.
The Read to Feed program is anticipated to involve 100,000 children in the U. S. and Canada over the next year. We at Lime Kiln Middle are proud to support such a worthwhile cause. To learn more about Heifer International and its mission, visit www.heifer.org.
The following link connects to materials developed and used for this project at Lime Kiln, including a PowerPoint presentation: