Read to Feed News
This year children at Burgess raised a total of $1,127.41 for the Read-to-Feed program. These funds will support Heifer International's "Seeds of Change in Appalachia and Arkansas" program. Job well done, Burgess!
Click here for more information on "Seeds of Change", or watch the video below.
Read to Feed Begins
What is Read to Feed?
Read to Feed is a reading incentive program for children that connects books and learning with taking action to create a more just world. Participants gain sponsorships from parents, friends and relatives based on the number of books (or units of time) they read. The goal is to promote reading and help Heifer International fight world hunger by helping families reach self-reliance through gifts of livestock and training. The program offers global education opportunities and cultivates in children a love for reading, motivation to help others and a desire to help create a better world for all.
Read to Feed 2013
Our sixth graders were first graders when Burgess began to Read to Feed in 2007. In that time, our effort has supplied farm animals to needy families around the world, has seen its money matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in a program targeting east Africa, has contributed to Heifer's rebuild Haiti program after the terrible earthquake, and has supported a Heifer poverty project in rural Arkansas. Our students have raised a total of $18,391.20 since 2007. We are aiming to break the $20,000 mark this year. Participating families will receive a collection envelope in early February. All Read to Feed sheets and donations should be directed to: Mrs. Swift, Read to Feed Coordinator.
Read to Succeed
The Burgess Winter Reading program also includes the Read to Succeed incentive program that encourages children in grades K-6 to read for fun. The two programs parallel each other in order to emphasize the importance of reading every day. Participation in either of these two programs is optional.