McKinley School Million Minutes Read-a-thon benefits Operation Hope

McKinley Elementary School announces its “Read to Feed: The Million Minutes Read-a-thon” to benefit Operation Hope of Fairfield, which for more than 30 years, has sheltered, fed and cared for men, women and families right here in town. The objective of this PTA-driven program is to reach one million minutes of reading collectively as a school, and for the minutes read, to raise funds to purchase non-perishables to help stock Operation Hope’s Food Pantry. The reading program launched in October and will conclude at the end of May, culminating with a presentation of the nonperishables purchased for the Food Pantry at a school-wide assembly on Friday, May 26, at 2:30 p.m. To date, McKinley students have read 878,731 minutes.

“McKinley’s ‘Read to Feed Read-a-thon’ is an opportunity for schoolchildren to focus on two of life’s most important skills – reading and giving back,” First Selectman Mike Tetreau stated. He continued, “Literacy is the foundation of all learning. Whether it is science, mathematics or the arts, knowledge comes from reading. But at the same time, the McKinley children are also discovering the importance of giving back to others in our community, especially to those in need. I salute the students, teachers, staff and parents of McKinley for their efforts today and throughout the school year.”

“We are really proud of our students and grateful for our passionate and engaged PTA. Reading is a foundational skill, and we are excited for this unique opportunity to continue to build on the necessary and important components of effective reading,” said McKinley School Principal Leslie Pearson. “Not only are the students working towards increasing their literacy, as every minute read counts, but they are working together towards a common goal that helps raise their awareness that their actions can make a difference in the lives of others.”

Students are encouraged to collect contributions for their reading and families are also recruiting sponsors to support the cause. The McKinley PTA is deeply grateful to its generous sponsors to date: Headlining Sponsor Colony Grill (Fairfield); Platinum Sponsor Andros Diner; Bronze Sponsors Pullman & Comley, Garden Catering, Lilac House, Retirement Income Resources, LLC and GP Dentistry. In-kind sponsors include Trader Joe’s of Fairfield, which will provide product donations and the Fairfield Public Library, which will hold a food drive before the May 26 assembly. The McKinley PTA welcomes additional sponsors. To sponsor, contact PTA President Michelle Gurner at [email protected]

“Small actions can have a large impact, and sometimes for children, that can be really hard to see,” said Michelle Gurner, McKinley PTA President and Read to Feed co-chair, along with Anna Wood, also co-chair of the program. “This program makes it easier for the students to visualize the immediate good they are doing for someone who is struggling with food insecurity. This program would not be possible without the dedication of our school’s staff and parents, and we are especially thankful to the local businesses who are equally committed to supporting the education of our children and helping those most in need in our community.”

Anna Wood, Co-Chair Read to Feed, McKinley; the First Selectman, McKinley Principal Leslie Pearson; and Michelle Gurner, McKinley PTA President and Read to Feed Co-Chair

Anna Wood, Co-Chair Read to Feed, McKinley; the First Selectman, McKinley Principal Leslie Pearson; and Michelle Gurner, McKinley PTA President and Read to Feed Co-Chair

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