PS10 2019 Read-A-Thon

From Friday, February 1 to Friday, March 1, 2019 PS 10 will host the annual Read-a-Thon. This year’s theme is READING TOGETHER, and our goal is for the school to read 500,000 minutes together!

Here’s how the Read-a-thon works:

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Track minutes on your paper READING LOG

Students keep track of minutes spent reading from Friday, February 1 to Friday, March 1. Books, newspapers, magazines, and homework reading done outside of school all counts. If your child cannot read independently, you or someone else can read aloud and that time counts, too!

Secure sponsors on your paper DONATION LOG

Raising money is optional but is a great way to support PS 10! Ask friends and family to support your avid reader and you can help the PTA fund important enrichment programs. Sponsors can donate per minute OR they can give a flat donation. Donations are accepted online here. Please remind sponsors to enter the name of the child they are sponsoring. Checks should be made payable to “PS 10 PTA.” Students should record ALL donations (checks and online) on their paper donation log. Scroll down to check out a sample pitch letter and video.

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Share your book ideas!

Take a picture of your child reading or make a book suggestion on Instagram or Twitter @ps10reads or on our facebook page. Click here to to find reading strategies for the whole family!

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Turn in logs and donations on MONDAY, MARCH 4

Students are responsible for collecting donations made by check. The Read-a-thon envelope with completed READING and DONATION logs and checks is due to teachers on Monday, March 4.

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Every child who turns in a reading log will get a prize and be entered into a raffle to win our GRAND PRIZE! Prizes also go to the top readers AND earners in each grade, and for the class in each grade that reads the most minutes and raises the most money. Win free books, gift certificates, ice cream, and more!

Sponsorship Tips

Sponsor your child in the Read-a-thon! You could also offer to match your child’s total collected donations or donations up to a certain amount. All donations are tax deductible.

• Help your child write a handwritten letter or send an email to family, friends, and your colleagues. Download a sheet of read-a-thon postcards front and back. Just print on card stock and send to family and friends! The PS10 PTA will even pay the postage if you bring the postcard to Reading Under the Sea on Friday, February 8. You can also email the videos below to family and friends!

• Help your child approach at least 5 family members, friends, or neighbors. Use the talking points found in the sample letter below for guidance. Ask more people for smaller donations of $5, $10, $15, and $20 in a check (made out to PS10 PTA) or online here. Please let your sponsor know to put your child’s name in the “In Honor of” box so we can track your child’s fundraising efforts.

•  Help your child try to raise at least $50. The child and class in each grade that raises the most money will receive a prize!

Sample Videos To Share

Sample Letters

Sample Letter From A Child


 Dear [Grandma/Grandpa/Auntie/Family Friend],

 Will you please support me in my school’s Read-a-thon? The money I raise will support art, science programs, music, and classroom supplies. I am committed to reading _____ minutes or more between February 1 and March 1 and will keep track of the total minutes I read. A flat donation of $5-$50 will help me reach my personal goal of raising $______ or more!

 I appreciate any amount you are able to send!

 The easiest way to donate is online here:
Enter your donation amount
• Indicate you are donating on behalf of me, and include my class and teacher
• Consider donating 2% extra to cover the processing fees

 If you make a donation online, please also be sure to forward a copy of the emailed donation receipt to my family so I know to record the donation on my Read-a-thon log. Or you can mail a check to me, payable to PS10 PTA, before March 1, 2019.

 Thank you for helping me to reach my goal!


Sample letter from a parent


 Dear Friends and Family,

[Insert child’s name] is currently participating in PS10 Elementary School's Read-a-thon to help raise money for her school’s art, MET Opera, science, and chess programs, and for classroom teacher support. We put together a short video that I thought you would enjoy. [Child’s name] has committed to reading [insert amount] minutes during the Read-a-thon and she's doing great! The Read-a-thon continues until March 1.

If you are interested in sponsoring [child’s name] in the Read-a-thon and helping her to meet her fundraising goal (even a little bit goes a long way!), you can donate online by clicking here:
Enter your donation amount
• Indicate you are donating on behalf of [child’s name], and include [insert class number and teacher name]
• Consider donating 2% extra to cover the processing fees 

If you make a donation online, please also be sure to forward a copy of the emailed donation receipt to me so [child’s name] knows to record the donation on her Read-a-thon log.

Thank you so much for your support.

[parent’s name]

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the dates of the Read-a-thon?


A: Friday, February 1 to Friday, March 1, 2019. Reading done before or after these dates is still awesome, but is not counted toward the Read-a-thon.


Q: What does my child need to do to participate in the Read-a-thon?


A: Set a Read-a-Thon reading goal and/or keep track of the time they spend reading. While it is not a requirement for participation, we encourage your child to solicit donations for their reading.


Q: My child cannot read yet on his or her own, can my child still participate?


A: Yes! Parents, guardians, siblings and other family members may read aloud to your child. This reading time counts toward minutes read.


Q: What counts as reading?


A: Any time your child spends reading outside of school time from Friday, February 1 to Friday, March 1, 2019. This includes individual reading time and being read to aloud. Homework reading done outside of school time can be counted toward the Read-a-thon.


Q: Do I need special forms for the Read-a-thon?


A: Yes, a Read-a-thon packet including instructions, a reading and donation log, and an envelope for collecting the donations will be sent home with your child on Friday, February 1. If you child completes his/her logs, click here for reading logs and here for donation logs or ask for additional copies in the PTA office.

Q: Whom should my child ask to be a sponsor?


A: Sponsors can be parents, relatives, or neighbors — anyone who has a connection to your child, would like to support his or her reading, and would like to support PS 10. This is a major fundraiser for the PTA where it is easy to ask extended family and friends to sponsor and donate to our school. Find sample scripts for asking, and cool ideas above.

Q: How much money should a sponsor donate?


A: That is up to the sponsor. Sponsors can donate per minute read OR give a flat donation.


Q: When should the money be collected from sponsors?


A: The Read-a-Thon is over on Friday, March 1 and all reading logs and donations are due that following Monday, March 4. Donations can be collected up front (flat donation) or after the end of the Read-a-Thon during the weekend of March 2 and 3 if sponsors are making a per-minute donation. Students should secure all checks in the Read-a-thon envelope. Checks should be written to the PS 10 PTA. Canceled checks can serve as a tax-deductible donation receipt or families may print out donation receipts to give to sponsors.


Q: Who is responsible for collecting the sponsorship donations?


A: You and your child are responsible for collecting sponsor donations.


Q: What do we do with the Read-a-thon envelope when the Read-a-thon ends?


A: The entire Read-a-thon packet (including the reading and donation logs) and the collected donations in the envelope should be turned into your child’s teacher on Monday, March 4, 2019. Please be sure to tally your child’s minutes and donations and fill in the sticker on the outside of the envelope.


Q: Are there prizes for the students?


A: Yes. Every student who turns in a Read-a-thon packet will receive a small prize. The individual student AND class in each grade that reads the most minutes will get a prize. There will also be a prize for the class and individual student in each grade that raises the most money.


Q: Can my child participate – even without sponsors?


A: Yes, all students are encouraged to participate regardless of the amount raised. Have your student turn in his or her reading log because the class per grade that reads the most minutes will get a prize. In addition, our school-wide goal is to read half a million minutes, so every student who turns in a reading log will help us meet this goal!

Let’s see how many minutes PS10 can read in a month!