Students with Cat in the Hat

Castleton Elementary School students had a surprise visit from the Cat in the Hat on Mar. 8 as part of the school’s Read for Ronald McDonald House challenge.

In the month of March, students are counting how many minutes they read and raising money for the Albany Ronald McDonald House, which provides a place of comfort and support for critically ill children and their families at no cost.

“It’s just a great way to get students excited about reading and help a great cause,” said Reading Specialist Chris Murphy, who organized the challenge. “Our big three goals are to promote reading, make students aware of Ronald McDonald House, and raise money for them.”

Last year students read more than 100,000 minutes and raised $6,500 for the facility. Mr. Murphy noted the money raised was enough to help 80 families stay a night at the Albany Ronald McDonald House.

“Thank you for reading for Ronald McDonald House,” Nancy Damato, Read for Ronald McDonald House Program Manager, told students. “Do you know you are helping kids just like you but who are sick? That is wonderful and you’re reading too, which is also wonderful.”