LAKELUZERNE-The youngest students of Hadley-Luzerne Elementary School are learning early about personal achievement while helping others.
The Pre-K to 2nd grade students participated recently in the school's "Read for the Ranch" fundraising reading program for the Double H Hole-in-the-Woods Ranch in Lake Luzerne.
During April, the students read books after recruiting sponsors to pledge money according to the number of books read.
The annual fundraiser is not only embraced by the teachers at Hadley-Luzerne, but by retired faculty as well as other businesses and organizations in the community, school officials said.
The money raised was donated to the Hole-in-the-Woods Ranch, which then uses it to help support their summer camping sessions for children who are critically ill.
The students recently visited the Ranch for a tour and lunch, and during their visit presented a check to officials of the facility for $2,123.69, reflecting the amount they raised this year.
The Read for the Ranch program has been in place since 2004. Over that time, the students have read and raised $20,584.
The fundraiser is part of the school's ongoing Character Education program, which for April is urging students to accept others for who they are - as well as boosting reading habits.
School officials said this week they were very proud of all of the students who read books and participated in the program to raise money for the Hole-in-the-Woods Ranch.