Elsberry School students are always willing to help when any needs arise, so recently the students in Mrs. Dormire’s English classes took a giving challenge worldwide.
Karin Busiere, EHS Librian and founder of Friends of Elsberry Literacy (FOEL) program presented a challenge to Dormire and her classes to participate in “Read to Feed.”
The Read to Feed program is sponsored by Heifer International. The program encourages reading while heightening student’s awareness that their actions make a difference in the lives of others.
As students read more books, they improve their reading abilities and more families receive gifts of livestock and training.
At the end of the program, the group takes the funds raised and donates them to Heifer International, which in turns matches the donation, to help Heifer assist millions of families around the world feed their family and reach self-reliance.
During the month of October the students read 10 minutes every day in class, which totaled the amount needed for the challenge.
Busiere’s pledge was if they were successful she would help raise the $300 needed to help purchase a Llama for a family.
Students at Elsberry Schools participated in a hat day and donations from various people helped meet the financial goal. Due to the timing of submitting the money and completing the program Elsberry students were able to supply a total of four Llamas to help with world hunger.
Why is a program like this valuable, Busiere said, “It encourages young people to read to help others and reading with a purpose is also a great motivator.”