Elementary-schoolers at the Sun Valley Community School have a voracious appetite for books—and over the winter, they put it towards feeding local families. From Feb. 22 through March 8, K-5 students read a total of 74,376 minutes—nearly 1,240 hours—generating more than $13,000 in donations for The Hunger Coalition during its “Read to Feed” Read-a-thon. Students also collected 1,370 pounds of food in a school-wide drive, toured The Hunger Coalition warehouse, and pledged to plant 500 seed starts to donate to the group in the spring. On March 17, Hunger Coalition Executive Director Jeanne Liston, center, accepted the check from Read-a-thon co-chair Sara Pettit, back left, Sun Valley Community School Elementary School Head Janet Salvoni, Read-a-thon co-chair Kristen Dittami, and students Asher May, front left, Jack Heinz, Hazel Buck, Claire Buck and Harrison Black.

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