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JONESBORO, AR -- Ron Smiley reporting

Arkansas First Lady Says Thank You To Area Children

First lady Janet Huckabee visited Hillcrest elementary recently to say thank you.  In the season of giving, Hilcrest kids are giving to those less fortunate.  They are teaming with Huckabee, Heifer International and Scholastic Books to send much needed help overseas to third world countries in a program called "Read to Feed."

It works like this.  Family, friends and business owners sponsor a child.  Giving money for each book they read.  The money is then given to Heifer International for the purchase of Animals and plants to help overseas.  Hillcrest has pledged to raise 5,000 dollars.

To reach the goal every child needs to read about ten books.  Something Katie Hendrix and Jessalya Sanders say they are already close to doing.  Hendrix says she has read at least ten and Sanders says she has one or two more to go.

Something new to the program and being implemented first in Arkansas is the inclusion of providing books to the school library.  Books will be provided from Scholastic depending on how many books are read.

Janet Huckabee says it is great that the kids are helping.  Adding they are learning about other cultures and places as well.  She feels getting children to read at a young age will help improve Arkansas test scores and reduce the need for college bound teenagers to have to use remedial classes to get up to speed.

 

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