When fourth-grade teacher Nancy Danforth told us her students were reading to raise money for Child Aid, we were thrilled. But we had no idea her and fellow teacher Cynthia Scruggs’ students would plow through enough books to raise over $3,200.
In April, fourth-grade students at St. Louise School, in Bellevue, Washington, embarked on a 30-day read-a-thon to support Child Aid’s literacy work in Guatemala.
First, the students gathered pledges from parents and friends, who promised to contribute a small amount for every page the children read. Then the students hit the books. They read at home, on their free time and during several “read-ins” that the teachers organized at school.
By the end of the month, the students had read nearly 30,000 pages in all, raising enough money to bring reading programs to more than 60 children in Guatemala for an entire year. Without a doubt, the efforts of St. Louise’s page-turning fourth-graders will be felt thousands of miles away, by children who face tremendous challenges when it comes to learning to read.
We want to send our sincerest thanks to all the fourth-graders at St. Louise for their energy, commitment and hard work. The effort they put into this will make a real difference for children in Guatemala. Our gratitude also goes out to Mrs. Danforth and Mrs. Scruggs for making it happen; to St. Louise’s principal, Dan Fitzpatrick; and to all the parents and friends who sponsored these young readers. Thank you for your support!
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