Read A Thon Introduction
Dear PS10 Families,
From Friday, February 2 to Friday, March 2, 2018 PS 10 will host the annual Read-a-Thon. This year’s theme is The WONDER of Reading, and our goal is for the school to read 500,000 minutes together! Here’s how the Read-a-thon works:
1. Set a daily reading goal. Students set a reading goal and keep track of minutes spent reading outside of school from Friday, February 2 to Friday, March 2.
2. Secure Sponsors. Every student is encouraged to participate whether they raise money or not. But if you ask friends, family, and neighbors to support your avid reader, you can help the PTA fund important enrichment programs like recess coaches, Met Opera, chess club, FaceLab, and more! Sponsors can donate per minute read OR they can give a flat donation. Students should record all donations whether by check or an online donation on their donation log. Donors can give online here. Just remind the sponsor to put your child’s name in the “In honor of” box. Checks should be made payable to “PS 10 PTA.” Check out a sample pitch letter and video here.
3. Track Reading Time. Students mark off how many minutes they read each day on their reading log (extras are available here or in the PTA office). Students can count books, magazines, newspaper articles, and homework reading done outside of school. Time others spend reading aloud to students counts, too!
5. Turn in Log and Donations. Students collect all donations made by check from their sponsors. Then they turn in their Read-a-thon envelope containing their completed reading log, donation log, and checks to their teachers by Monday, March 5. For online donations, please send in the reading log inside of your child’s yellow folder.
6. WIN AWESOME PRIZES! We will have prizes for the top readers AND earners in each grade, as well as for the class in each grade that reads the most minutes and raises the most money. Win free books, gift certificates, and museum passes! Every child who participates and turns in a reading log will get a prize and be entered into a raffle to win our very special GRAND PRIZE!
Let’s see how many minutes PS10 can read in a month!
With many thanks in advance for your support,
AnnMarie Anderson, Julia Graeper, and Melissa Walker
2018 Read-a-thon Co-chairs
Make this challenge fun for the whole family! Take a trip to the library and stock up on books that interest your child. Encourage and praise your child as he or she participates, and engage in reading anything that is appropriate for his or her reading level. Articles in magazines, newspapers, comic books, and recipes in a cookbook all count!
For children in the lower grades, listening to adults or older siblings read counts as reading time. When reading with your child, ask recall questions about characters or details of the story in order to build his or her reading comprehension skills. Talk about the story and relate it to your child’s everyday life when possible.
For families with students in the upper grades, consider having them read in one room with others who are reading quietly — a family reading night! Or, try reading out loud as a family one night a week while rotating readers. Help strengthen your child’s reading skills by asking questions about his or her reading in terms of comprehension, recall of details, and discussing the book’s theme or ideas.
Here are some other ideas for ways to make reading a fun family activity:
Have an indoor campout! Make smores or a similar treat (hot cocoa and marshmallows, anyone?) in the oven and then set up a “tent” using chairs draped with blankets. Read with your child by flashlight.
Have a friendly competition at home to see which family member can read the most minutes in a day or week during the read-a-thon. Award the winner with a fun prize, such as a chore-free weekend or the right to pick the film for a family movie night.
Read the “funnies” together. Check your newspaper each weekend for current comic strips, or check out a collection of classics from your local library. Share favorites from your own childhood and encourage your child to put his or her favorites on the fridge, where he or she can read them often.
To parents, family members, and guardians, we encourage you to take the challenge of reading daily as well. Show your child that reading is important in your life, too. When our children see us reading, they learn the value and joy of it. Have fun reading!
Sponsorship Tips and Strategies
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 using the template here. We also have an example of a video you can send!
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 at this page. 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 Donation Letters
PS 10 Reads! The more you read, the more you can succeed. EVERYONE wins when we read.
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 2 and March 2, 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 at the PS 10 PTA Read-A-Thon webpage.
Select your donation amount
Indicate you are donating on behalf of me by putting my name in the “Child’s Name” box.
Put “Read-a-thon” in the “Designate your fund…” box
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 PS 10 PTA before March 2, 2018.
Thank you for helping me to reach my goal!
Sample Letter From a Parent
Dear Friends and Family,
[Jillian] is currently participating in PS 10 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. [Jillian] has committed to reading 100 minutes during the read-a-thon and she’s doing great! The Read-a-thon continues until March 2.
If you are interested in sponsoring [Jillian] 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 on the following link:
PS10 PTA Read-A-Thon
Select your donation amount
Indicate you are donating on behalf of Jillian by putting her name in the “Child’s Name” box
If you make a donation online, please also be sure to forward a copy of the emailed donation receipt to me so [Jillian] knows to record the donation in her read-a-thon log book.
Thank you so much for your support.
Frequently Asked Questions: The PS10 Read-a-thon
Q: What are the dates of the Read-a-thon?
A: Friday, February 2 to Friday, March 2, 2018. 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 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 2 to Friday, March 2, 2018. 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 board, and an envelope for collecting the donations will be sent home with your child on Friday, February 2. If your child completes the reading or donation log, they can get a second copy from the PTA office or right here.
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 our school. 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 here.
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 2 and all reading logs and donations are due that following Monday, March 5. Donations can be collected up front (flat donation) or after the end of the Read-a-Thon during the weekend of March 3 and 4 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 log board and the collected donations in the envelope should be turned into your child’s teacher on Monday, March 5, 2018.
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!