Kids Helping Kids – Service Learning and Read for the Ranch

It is that time of year again, to start looking forward to your schools support of the Double H Ranch! Last year over $30,000 was raised by students in support of our year-round programming and this year we are hoping the program will be even more successful. Schools are encouraged to start a Service Learning or Read for the Ranch program in order to raise funds and awareness for the Double H. By participating, your support will help us to continue to provide life-changing experiences for our children and their families.

By definition Character Education and Service Learning teaches children and adolescents important values including honesty, kindness, generosity, courage, equality, and respect. Each of these qualities are core to the mission of the Double H Ranch. As schools explore opportunities that instill values and character in their students finding a unique and creative solution can be difficult. The Double H Ranch has your answer!

Through Service Learning students are encouraged to develop and organize their own creative fundraisers to increase awareness and funds for the Double H. The hands-on experience will teach students valuable life lessons and build school spirit along with forming new relationships with their peers and advisors. Examples include a Walk-a-thon, Bake Sales, Car Wash, Cook-Off, or Read for the Ranch. The opportunities are endless.

The Read for the Ranch program is a great way to instill in students a love for reading and to teach them the value of giving back to a great cause! Students can raise funds and awareness for the Double H Ranch by asking friends and family to sponsor them to read. The Read for the Ranch program is extremely flexible and based on the needs of your school. It can begin and end as you see fit and run as long or as short as you prefer. You may also hold a one time reading event.

For more information on beginning a Service Learning program at your school or the Read for the Ranch program, please email Kimberly Checchia, Development and Communications Coordinator at or call 518-696-5921 ext. 239.