VIROQUA, Wis. (WKBT) - Some local students are reading and fundraising to help get rid of poverty and hunger around the world.
5th through 8th grade students at Viroqua Middle School hosted a 'Heifer International Readers' month, raising more than $6,000. Each student decided how they wanted their reading to benefit others, with sponsors donating per page, chapter, or book.
To celebrate the accomplishment, guest speakers on Tuesday told students how important it is to help each other during difficult times.
"It really helped inspire me to read more books, and just to think that maybe someday I could meet them and see them in person and say, 'Oh yea, I helped you.' And maybe we could be friends or something,” said Viroqua Middle School 6th Grader Ben Zahm.
All money from the fundraiser will go to the global nonprofit 'Heifer International'. The group works to end hunger and poverty through sustainable community development around the world.
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