Children raising funds for Humane Society, fire department
By Holly Neumann
The Iola Village Library has added a new twist to their reading program.
Instead of reading for prizes this summer, local children are reading to raise money for the Waupaca County Humane Society and for AED machines for the Iola & Rural Fire Department.
“We are trying to get the kids involved in local charities,” said Library Director Robyn Grove. “It’s a great way to show the kids how to help someone else.”
According to Grove, in the past children received weekly prizes as rewards for reaching their goals.
“Parents did not like the small prizes,” she said. “They think this is a better way to learn. The reward is that they are helping others.”
Fire Chief Jim Aanstad agrees.
“Having the kids read to raise money for AED machines is huge and a great learning experience for them,” he said. “It teaches them to care about their community.”
Aanstad noted that the Iola & Rural Fire Department is working on getting AED machines in a variety of locations throughout the community.
“They are very important to have out in the public,” he said. “For every minute that goes by for a person suffering from a cardiac arrest chances of survival goes down by 10 percent. Having an AED readily available can increase the chances of survival and save lives.”
Monica Gardner, operations manager of the Humane Society of Waupaca County, will use the donation for medical, feeding and caring needs for their animals until new homes can be found.
“We are not funded by the county in any way so we rely on donations,” she said. “We are always excited when we can involve children in our endeavors. It’s a great experience for them.”
Participants had to read two hours each week, and complete 12 activities every two weeks, to earn tokens for the charity of their choice. Each participant was able to make eight donations.
“It’s great to see the kids reading for a cause,” said Grove. “It teaches them that they can make a difference no matter what their age.”