Our annual Read-a-thon kicked off on February 1st. This month-long event strengthens student reading skills while raising awareness and funds for worthy causes. This year, the elementary school is raising funds for No Kid Hungry, an organization that works to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food. The elementary school’s goal is to read for a total of 50,000 minutes. Middle school students are engaged in a consensus-building activity using Quaker Meeting for Business to determine the organizations they will support through the Read-a-thon. In addition to Red Hook Rise, they are considering organizations that support animal rights, health care, immigration issues, and refugees. Upper school students have decided to raise money for Planned Parenthood. They will be donating books to Housing Works and reading to the younger students at the elementary school. By letting students choose the causes they support, we encourage them to think about the different problems facing the world today, reflect on what matters most to them, and make decisions as a community.
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