JRES students participate in the Read to Feed program | ParkRecord.com

JRES students participate in the Read to Feed program

Megan Yeiter , The Park Record

Jeremy Ranch Elementary Kinder Connections students in Amanda West’s class participated in the Heifer International Read to Feed program, which teaches students about where food comes from and how livestock can benefit families in need. According to West, the students surpassed their goal of $120 and raised $354 by reading books and getting pledges.

West donated the money to Heifer International, which is a nonprofit helping to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth. The organization gives livestock to people around the world, West said.

"This was enough to purchase a sheep for milk and wool, a goat that provides milk for the home and to sell for income, plus three honeybee hives used for the honey, wax, and pollination of new fruit and vegetable plants, and two flocks of chicks, which can provide a family protein through eggs and an income," she said.

The students raised the money over six weeks and collected pledges for the number of books or number of minutes they read. West said the Read to Feed program fits right into the reading curriculum. Students were also able to log minutes reading during their first hour classes.

"A lot of the donations go to places in Asia, Africa and South America. We tied in our lessons to show how this helps kids go to school and provides extra income for school supplies," she said.

Parley’s Park Elementary School and Trailside Elementary School also participated in the Heifer International Read to Feed program earlier this year.