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Elementary students read their way to much needed funds for Ethiopia


Karen Dillman

Children who attend Lando Kindergarten, in Wondo Genet, Ethiopia, are packed four to a desk. With help from Rae C. Stedman Elementary School's Reading with a Meaning campaign, two new classrooms will be built.

On a wall at Rae C. Stedman Elementary School are rows and rows of red, brown and orange construction paper bricks – each boasting a student's name. The bricks are a representation of accomplishment for the Reading with a Meaning campaign, and they also mean the promise of building new classrooms for a kindergarten in Ethiopia.

“By the end of the month, this whole wall will be covered,” said fifth grade teacher Greg Kowalski, motioning to the space above several students who sat at long tables, hunkered over lunch trays. The bricks symbolize the building of two new classrooms at Lando...

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