Kids read to provide sheep and goats to less fortunate

Chris Tucker ctucker@ptleader.com
Posted 5/30/17

Some lucky families are to receive sheep and goats thanks to the efforts of young book-reading students and their parents.

Students at New Day Learning Academy and their parents raised $570, which …

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Kids read to provide sheep and goats to less fortunate

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Some lucky families are to receive sheep and goats thanks to the efforts of young book-reading students and their parents.

Students at New Day Learning Academy and their parents raised $570, which will go toward providing livestock for families in Africa. The sum is to be matched by a Heifer International donor to purchase 10 animals.

Heifer International is an aid program that focuses on alleviating hunger and poverty. The animals are meant to provide people with both food and a reliable income.

In the school’s sixth annual Read to Feed service project, the students in New Day’s preschool, kindergarten and elementary class were challenged to read books for 30 days. Children worked with their parents as part of the project.

Maxine Peirson, [owner of New Day Learning Academy], said the project’s roots began in the Second World War.

“It all began with the Seagoing Cowboys, a true story that my dad introduced me to,” Peirson said.

“Many years ago, he and other young farmers boarded big ships loaded with horses and heifers to go to Poland and help farmers there to rebuild their lives and the economy right after WWII. The idea of sending livestock around the world to give families food and hope for prosperity is a unique kind of giving, and became Heifer International.”

In addition to helping provide the less fortunate with animals, the project also instills a love of reading in children.

“Reading one book a day seems easy. But doing it for 30 days is quite an accomplishment,” said kindergarten teacher Gabriele Babik.

“We’re really proud of our kids and the parents,” Babik said.

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