This year we are thrilled to introduce you to our newest fundraising program for schools, Read for Seeds!
Each year Community Harvest Project farms fruits and vegetables to donate to individuals experiencing food insecurity. The produce we grow provides free, nutritious food for families in need who otherwise would not have access. We do so by using a neighbor-helping-neighbor approach, and engage volunteers each season to plant, tend, and harvest all of our crops. In 2017, Community Harvest Project hosted 8,456 volunteers who grew 271,509 pounds of produce for donation to food insecure individuals in Worcester County.
Many of our visitors are students, with over 3,500 elementary and middle school youth visiting our farms annually. After several years of working with local schools, we saw an opportunity to combine education and community service. As you know, frequent practice is one of the crucial components of becoming a good reader. Similarly, frequent community engagement is an essential component of becoming a well-rounded individual. Our Read for Seeds program encourages students in their reading practice, engages them in community service, and raises funds for both our organization and your classrooms!
Here is how it works:
- Pledging – Students collect pledges from relatives, friends, and neighbors for 15-minute time blocks that they will commit to reading during a two to three week reading period; we call this the Read-a-Thon! During the Read-a-Thon, students track the amount of time they read on the pledge form.
- Donating – Once the Read-a-Thon is over, students follow up with their supporters to gather their pledges. The pledges will then be split between your participating classrooms and Community Harvest Project.
- Growing – The donations will help support our farm operations and your schools. All produce grown by Community Harvest Project is donated to those in who need it most throughout Worcester County.
- Celebrating – Participating classes will be invited to visit our farm in North Grafton to celebrate their hard work and see what they have helped accomplished!
Our team will support your classrooms throughout the entirety of the program with Read for Seeds materials, presentations, and more. To sign-up for this program for the 2018-2019 school year, or if you have any questions, please contact me, Carolyn Ambrose, at 774-545-5409 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to collaborating with you!