Iroquois Middle School students started the new year off right by reading for a good cause. The annual Reading for the Ranch Read-a-thon took place on Friday, January 4, and supports The Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne. The ranch serves critically ill children both in the summer camp program and winter adaptive ski weekends.
More than 80 Iroquois students, along with many family and staff members, filled the auditorium with blankets, cots, air mattresses, beanbags and more for a night of comfy reading.
This year’s guest speaker, Maxim Couillard, attended the Double H Ranch for 11 years. He thanked the students for their efforts and said that he’s grateful for the work the Double H Ranch has done for his family. Couillard also said that he’s thankful to see the students support an organization so close to his heart.
This year, the students read for 100 minutes and raised over $3,900. After 12 years of fundraising through the read-a-thon, the Iroquois community has raised over $51,000 for the ranch. Thanks to donations, the camp’s founders have been able to serve the campers completely free of charge for well over a decade.
Thank you to the students, parents, staff and community, as well as our sponsors: Iroquois PTO, Stewart’s Shops, Price Chopper, Hannaford, The Affinity Group, Barnes and Noble, The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, The Open Door Bookhouse and McDonald’s.