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Grade 1: Read to Feed the Hungry

First graders’ Read to Feed project netted food for the hungry as they wrapped up their service opportunity this week. After learning about the challenges facing underprivileged Denver residents, they spent hours reading to “earn” cans of fruit (donated by their parents and sponsors) that will stock the soup kitchen pantry at Capitol Hill Community Services. 
 
Students brought in one can for every 15 minutes of reading they completed at home, logging their time spent reading alone, with an adult or with an older sibling. As the cans rolled in this week, first graders used literacy and math skills to sort and count the tins before loading them into a van from Capitol Hill.
 
The soup kitchen uses the food to prepare meals for disadvantaged Denver residents. This is the same program our sixth graders participate in as part of their service learning; they travel to downtown Denver to serve lunchtime meals every Friday during the school year.
 
Drumroll, please ... first graders read 46,845 minutes and donated 3.123 cans of fruit this year. Incredible!
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Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.