NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Students at North Plainfield’s East End School will hold their annual ‘Read to Feed’ book sale fundraiser June 8-10 and a special assembly to kick off this year’s event was held on Monday afternoon. All books for sale during the ‘Read to Feed’ event are donated by the students and the money will be donated to the Heifer International, an Arkansas-based nonprofit that provides families with a ‘living loan’ of an animal.

According to East End Principal John Ferguson, the fundraiser serves two purposes. Thousands of books are collected and sold for $.50 a piece allowing every child in the school to buy at least one book, although, many students walked away with bags full of books and new adventures. At the same time, a hand is extended to children and families throughout the world who are less fortunate.

"In support of our district's initiative of service-learning and reflecting on one of our district's core values of caring, East End School's involvement with ‘Read to Feed’ will foster in our students a love of reading and a way for them to help other children throughout the world,” said Ferguson.

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Monies raised from East End’s ‘Read to Feed’ book sale will enable Heifer International ( to purchase animals for disadvantaged families throughout the world. The organization trains the receiving family in animal care, community development, and earth-friendly farming practices so they can help themselves. The family’s health and standard of living improves by the many benefits their animal can provide – milk, eggs, wool, fertilizer, and so much more. Additionally, the family receiving the animal repays the loan by passing one or more of their animal’s babies to other families in need. These families in turn pass on the gift to another family and, before long, an entire community benefits from the one animal donated.

East End’s ‘Read to Feed’ Committee for 2016 includes Kitty Jedra, facilitator, and members Maryclare Haubruck, Megan Kradatus, Melissa Mejia, Allison Nelson, Ashley Nelson, Debbie Lockley-Thompson, Christy Thomas and Bonnie Wade. The book sale will take place on the front lawn of East End after school Wednesday, June 8 through Friday, June 10.

For additional information on East End's 'Read to Feed' fundraising book sale, contact Kitty Jerda at 908-767-6070, ext. 4709.

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