Beverly Hills Read-a-thon benefitting Sharing to Learn, Beverly Vista Elementary School


We are so proud of Beverly Vista School and their efforts to raise money for Sharing to Learn’s libraries in South Africa, by holding a Read-a-Thon at their school last month.  Children in grades Pre-K thru Grade 5 participated by reading to one another during the school day.  They raised over $1,500 during their event, which will not only help us fund our village libraries for two months, but also sponsor a child in STL’s Mentor Program to receive a nutritional food supplement for twelve months.  We are so very proud of this school’s efforts to help support our work and vision for all children to have equal access to quality education.

A Reflection on the Read-a-Thon by Grade 5 Student Sarah:


Recently, my teacher Mr. Milliken informed our class that we would be participating in the “Sharing to Learn” program by reading to the Beverly Vista preschoolers.  Upon hearing this, many of my classmates let out and excited “YES!”  Last year in fourth grade we did the same every week, so many students had some experience with the already.  When it was time we walked downstairs to the preschool and the class was split up to go into the three different classrooms.  When we entered, fond memories of being that age filled my head and I’m sure some of my classmates head too.  My friend Emily and I were standing next to each other and became partners.  A preschool teacher brought up over to an area where two little cuties were sitting ready for us to read to them.  Before we started, the teacher brought us a couple of pictures books to read to them.  We introduced ourselves, asked the two their names, and I started reading “Rollie Pollie Ollie.”  Soon after, it was Emily’s turn and she began to read.  To ensure that the two preschoolers were following along we kept asking them questions such as “Where do you think Spot is now?” and “Rollie Pollie Ollies favorite color is purple. Is that your favorite color too?”  Soon, I became melancholy because it was time for us fifth graders to leave.  I really enjoyed this Sharing to Learn experience and hope we and do it again.