Africa Bridge Reading Challenge

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 will begin by reading a wonderful 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.

Cow Co-op

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 challenge ourselves to read more and will look for sponsors for our reading.  Watch this video to see the Flat Stanley/Flat Stella friendship letter project we did a few years ago.

Over the past 10 years, together with the efforts of the third graders’ 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 will lead our opening assembly on April 6th to kick off our project this year.   John Worcester from Africa Bridge will come 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

Let’s use our reading skills to make a difference

in the lives of our friends

in Tanzania!

Let’s do it! 

How will you challenge yourself in your reading? More minutes a day? A new series? Books about children around the world? 

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7 Responses to Africa Bridge Reading Challenge

  1. Lily says:

    I am going to read a new book series.

  2. Lily says:

    I am going to read a new book series. I have read two of Harry Potter and several of
    Magic Tree House.

  3. Hailey says:

    Dear Mrs. Amri,
    I think I will challenge myself to read more books a week. My goal is to read 3-4 books each week. I will try to include more non-fiction books too. What kind of books do you like best?

    From, Hailey

    • admin says:

      Dear Hailey,
      Thanks for your comment and your question. I like non-fiction books and really enjoy reading about life in other countries. I always wondered about life in Africa and am so grateful that I had the opportunity to visit the village schools in Africa and see it for myself. I also loved seeing the beautiful savanna and the amazing wildlife there. Thanks for your question!
      From, Mrs. Amri

  4. Blake says:

    Dear Mrs. Amri,
    I will challenge myself to see if I can read longer – more minutes a day.

  5. Tyler says:

    I’m going to try to read more minutes per day and to try reading new things.

  6. Liam says:

    I’m going to read more minutes a day. And I am going to try to read new book series.

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