Students chow down books to satisfy hunger of needy |

Students chow down books to satisfy hunger of needy

Kay Vasilakis

Jenny Zetah, K-6 ESL teacher for Roy Moore Elementary, worked in Africa for three years and knows what kind of financial improvement animals can make to a poor family. In lieu of family Christmas presents, she has donated to the Heifer Project for several years.Zetah came across an article about the Read to Feed program, and made the connection between the program and her elementary students. She wanted the students to become more aware that kids elsewhere don’t have the same advantages, and to feel they have the power to make a difference in the world and a responsibility to help those in need.In February, Roy Moore Elementary students participated in the Read to Feed program, getting donations for time spent reading, knowing that all the money raised would be used to purchase animals for needy families.More Roy Moore Elementary students met their reading incentive goals in February than any other month this year. Two hundred twenty-seven kids – an increase of 26 percent over previous months – met their teachers’ reading goals, for the opportunity to give to families around the world.The entire Roy Moore Elementary School gathered in the school gymnasium on Friday, March 14, to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the Read to Feed program. The students’ efforts really did make a difference. Roy Moore’s program earned $3,438.69 to be given to the Heifer Project to purchase 58 animals (ducks, chickens, sheep, rabbits, pigs, llamas, water buffaloes and hives of bees) for 58 families around the world.The first-grade classes donned handmade pig snouts and bee antennae to demonstrate what they purchased. Principal Mark MacHale wore a large handmade set of water buffalo horns and snout to demonstrate the water buffalo purchased by the first graders. The first grade team of Dee Parks, Suzanne Parks, and Jan Bennett sang “On the first week of February,” to the tune of “On the First Day of Christmas.”Jami Zimmerman’s class expressed appreciation to the Rifle High School International Club for their $390 donation, raised through the club’s hunger strike at RHS.The assembly was videotaped by Paul Vandre of Glenwood’s access channel, and will be shown on the Silt access channel, as well as Glenwood’s access channel, in the near future. Way to go, Roy Moore Elementary!Rifle High School will host a Senior parent meeting on Wednesday, March 19, in Room 101 from 7-9 p.m.-The PTA meeting set for 6:30 p.m.on Thursday, March 20, at Riverside School has been cancelled.-March 24-28 is spring break for all Re-2 students. Enjoy! School will resume March 31.

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