Elementary students participate in the Read for Ronald McDonald House Program

Elementary students, prompted by their own Queen Hitrick, from the Great Land of Mayfield at last week’s assembly, is participating in the Read for Ronald McDonald House Program.

Students learned about the Ronald McDonald House and the Read for Ronald McDonald House Program.  The Ronald McDonald House is a set of houses in Albany that helps families of children who are sick and in treatment at one of our local hospitals. 

Students were invited to join the Read for Ronald McDonald House Program, giving them the opportunity to volunteer their time to support the families at the Ronald McDonald House. Students are able to use their reading to earn donations for the Ronald McDonald House.  Read for Ronald McDonald House packets went home last week and reading for the program begins now! 

We would encourage all students to participate in this wonderful program and experience the power of helping others.  Below is a link to the Read for RMH video.  Please take a look and learn about this special program!

Read for Ronald McDonald House is a reading-based community service project that works in partnership with area elementary and middle schools. Through Read for RMH, students read and earn donations to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region and the families we serve.  

Students are given a unique opportunity to use their reading skills to help other children who are sick and their families.  In addition to helping the children and families of the House, the program promotes the value of community service, encourages students to read, and benefits the participating school or youth group by offering a rebate of 10% of funds raised going back to the school/group.

The elementary school is also collecting pop tabs from cans in classrooms which will be cashed in and the money will be donated to the house.

In addition, Abbey Andrews, a fifth grade student brought an idea to the principal.  She wanted all students to have the ability to have a book in hands to read. So she created “Buckets of Books to Borrow”.  Students are able to come to the cafeteria and take a book home.  They can keep the book as long as they want. Students are able to donate gently used books for the program as well.

This initiative also kicked off at the Ronald McDonald assembly.

Here are a few photos from last week’s assembly:

Students participating in the RMN fundraiser Principal dressed as a queen addresses the assembly Principal Katria Hitrick stands with a student