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 cow and potato and avocado 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
- $50 pays for supplies for a child to attend primary school a year
- $50 pays for veterinary care to help keep livestock co-0ps healthy
- $150 pays for fees and supplies to send a child to secondary school for a year
- $250 pays for 500 avocado saplings to begin orchards
- $500 pays for one family’s membership in a cow co-op
- $10,000 builds a classroom
Old Classrooms at Pakati Primary School
New Classrooms Build Through Stafford support
Over 375 desks built through Stafford’s support
In second grade we decided we would use our reading skills to help support our friends at our sister schools, Pakati Primary, Katusyo Primary, and our newest sister school Ipyana Primary. We challenged ourselves to read more and looked for sponsors for our reading. Watch this video to see the The Flat Stanley/Flat Stella friendship letter project we did last year.
Over the past 9 years, together with the efforts of our both our 3rd and 4th graders through their school-wide fundraiser, The Market Place, Stafford students have done great things. 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
- Over 375 new desks were donated
- Pakati Primary School built one toilet
Our Africa Bridge Kid’s Team led our opening assembly last Friday to kick off our project this year. John Worcester from Africa Bridge came to 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 Kisondela 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.
Llulwe School in the Kisondela Ward
Founder Barry Childs meeting with students