Orchard School students read for a cause and raise money for COTS.


Reading for a Cause

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Thursday February 18, 2016

Is it possible that reading a book might help a homeless child? At Orchard School, the answer was wholeheartedly, “YES!” as students took on the challenge to help the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) through time they spent reading. At a Friday morning meeting, Ms. Phalon’s third graders shared some surprising facts from COTS:

• There are currently 172 children in our community who are homeless.
• That is four school busses full of children.
• 172 children is enough to fill eight Vermont classrooms or 14 school basketball teams.
• Children without housing are sick four times more often than children who are housed.


Here’s how Orchard School students used their reading efforts for a worthwhile cause.

Every kindergarten through fifth grade class read The Reading Race by Orchard School teacher (and author of 36 books), Abby Klein. In this book, the characters are involved in a Read-a-thon at their school.

In celebration of “I Love to Read Week,” students at Orchard School participated in their own Read-a-thon. Children were asked to record the number of minutes they read both at school and at home for one entire week. Parents (or sponsors) agreed to donate one penny for every minute that their child read. Every child was expected to read and record their minutes, however the donation was voluntary.

All money collected went to the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) for their #172VT campaign to help homeless children in need. Orchard School students hope to help end homelessness, one child at a time.

SOURCE: Donna Sullivan MacDonald Library Media & Instructional Technology Specialist, Orchard School