LAMS Hawks 'Read to Feed'

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Los Alamos Middle School teacher Dana Kline and her hawks soar to new heights raising funds to benefit others through reading.
The Hawks read their way to success for “Read to Feed,” earning a total of $453.65.
“I am so proud of my kids, especially the committee itself,” Kline said. “It was totally voluntary and kids gave up their lunches to write school announcements, make posters and visit other classrooms. I’m really proud, not just with how much money we raised, but with the motivation and
commitment my seventh grade students have.”
Kline knows that some people think students this age can’t think beyond their own needs, but she proves that isn’t true.
Once the team collected all the money, a committee of seventh graders who have been working on the fundraiser for seven weeks, chose which animals to purchase.
“With that money, Heifer International will purchase one llama, one pig, one flock each of ducks, geese and chickens, two hives of bees and three bunnies,” Kline said.
Heifer International then decides where the need is the greatest in the world, and provides the animals and education about how to care for them. Villagers who receive animals are required to “pass on the gift,” of knowledge and offspring from their livestock to another family.
Thirty-three seventh and eighth grade students received pledges for reading books from countless friends, parents, relatives, school staff and teachers. The seventh and eighth graders with the top number of sponsors, received gift cards from Starbucks for their effort.
The top student, Phoenix Rogers, had 23 sponsors for his reading efforts.
The Hawks celebrated with their last lunchtime meeting together, where they discussed what they should purchase and how their money would be put to such great use.
Each student received a certificate of appreciation from Heifer International, and recognition from LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn.