DENVER - Third grade students at University Park Elementary School in Denver got a lot of reading in and helped the world this week through a program called "Read to Feed."
The students raised money through pledges during a read-a-thon that raised more than $2,000 for an organization called Heifer International that fights hunger in impoverished countries.
That's the same organization that was the recipient of a gift from Bill Gates through a Reddit gift exchange request this week.
As for the kids at University Park, they started by reading a book called "Beatrice's Goat" about a girl in Africa who can't afford to go to school.
"They found it to be very very real to them and they wanted to make a difference," 3rd grade teacher Jennifer Wilson said.
She says 76 students eventually participated in raising money through pledges.
"Most of the kids in poor countries don't get to go to school," student Shanta Rechkemmer said. "They don't get to do a lot of things we get to do. So it's sad to see them do all the hard work while we're having fun and enjoying ourselves."
Next, students get to use a Heifer International catalog to decide which animals or other donations they can make with the money they raised.
Student Bronson Connors already has some ideas.
"I think the heifer is a really good animal, because it could give you milk and it's really good to have, because it's really healthy for you," Bronson said.
According to the Heifer International website, a heifer costs $500 and a single sheep or goat is $120. The online catalog also lists a water buffalo for $250.
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