A co-educational private school for Preschool–Grade Eight

Kindergarten Reads to Feed

Kindergarten students spent several months “reading for dimes” as their service-learning project. Each leveled book was worth 10¢. Students kept track of their progress using ten frames (ten full ten frames = $10.) Their studies of biomes, habitats, life cycles, and communities gave the classes insight into the struggles in many parts of the world to provide for a family and sustain a village. 

Through Heifer International, they were able to “purchase” livestock to be sent to a family or community. Animal donations can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food, and a sustainable livelihood. Using unifix cubes to keep track of their total, students worked together to determine how their $100 should be spent (with nothing left over.) They recorded their suggestions. 

This year, an anonymous donor was so impressed with the kindergartners’ reading efforts that they matched our earnings! This meant each class was able to spend $100.

The final vote was:


-honeybees                  $30

-a share of an alpaca   $20

-a flock of chicks          $20

-a share of a pig          $10  

-a share of a goat        $10

-a share of a sheep     $10



-a share of a cow        $50

-honeybees                $30

-a flock of chicks        $20


Congratulations to all our fantastic readers!