Let’s use our reading skills to make a difference in the lives of our friends in Tanzania!
Second graders will have the opportunity to participate in a special literacy program throughout the month of April. We call it the Read to Feed/Read to Build Reading Challenge Project. This program is designed to raise money to help support the students from our buddy schools in Tanzania. We read a great book called Beatrice’s Goat that tells the story of a little girl whose family receives the gift of a goat. The goat helps them earn enough money to feed her family and to send Beatrice to school. The non-profit organization, Africa Bridge, supplies this type of sustainable help in Tanzania to support needy and orphaned children through their pig and cow co-ops.
This reading challenge project is an extension of our Great People in History unit. We are very excited to know that we, too, can make a difference in people’s lives by making a difference in the life of just one child. We know that through our donations to Africa Bridge
- $25 pays for supplies for a child to attend primary school a year
- $120 pays for fees and supplies to send a child to secondary school for a year
- $250 pays for one family’s membership in a pig co-op
- $1,000 pays for one family’s membership in a potato or cow co-op
- $10,000 builds a classroom
In second grade we decided we would use our reading skills to help support our friends at Pakati School. We challenged ourselves to read more and looked for sponsors for our reading. Together with the efforts of our 3rd and 4th graders through their school-wide fundraiser, The Market Place, Stafford students have done great things over the past 3 years. Thanks to their efforts
- More students are attending school
- Families have more food as a result of the animal cooperatives
- 3 new classrooms have been built
- They could build 1 toilet
New classrooms built with the help of Stafford School
We will have a special assembly this week to begin our program this year. Dr. Roger Woehl, the president of Africa Bridge and former superintendent for our school district, will talk to us about the great things that are happening for the students in Tanzania, thanks to the continuing support of the students at Stafford School. We are excited to see what we do this year! We will be expanding our help to the Lufingo schools. They need support sending students to school, help rebuilding classrooms and building more desks. We will be looking for sponsors for our reading challenge program starting today.
Barry Childs meeting with students