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Third Grade Read-A-Thon Helps Turtles, MUSC

November 2

Imagine reading more than 600 minutes (10 hours) outside of school within one week. Two 3rd graders logged that many minutes during this year’s 3rd Grade Read-A-Thon, and every student contributed by reading a lot more than usual.

They asked friends and family to pledge money per minute read, and they raised $6,520 for the Sea Turtle Hospital at the Aquarium. What a thrill it was to present the check and get to see the turtles first hand!

They wrapped up the week, by walking to Washington Park and reading together there for 30 minutes. The children voted to donate the money raised during that 30 minutes, $840, to MUSC Children’s Hospital.

“There’s nothing more precious to us than children helping other children,” said Barbara Rivers, director of development for MUSC Children’s Hospital. She visited campus to meet the children and receive the check.

The children read for the sea turtles because our state reptile is the loggerhead and the third grade does a comprehensive study of South Carolina symbols. They chose MUSC because they wanted to help other children who are not as healthy as they are.

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