We are excited to launch our Fourth Annual Read-A-Thon fundraiser at the STEM Academy. We have changed the time of year to decrease competition with other fundraisers in the spring. This program is designed to bring together family and friends, to encourage reading, build literacy skills, and serve as our Parent Teacher Group’s (PTG) primary fundraiser for the year.

The Read-A Thon promises to be a fun, exciting journey for all participants as they read their way to individual and class wide rewards. Participants can read on their own, or with family or friends. Listening to someone else read, or reading to someone else will also count toward the total number of minutes your child can record on the tally sheet.

The  three section tally sheet (see link below) should be used to keep track of the number of minutes your child reads or is read to each day during the 3 weeks of the Read-a-Thon. Each Monday of the Read-A-Thon program, one section needs to be turned in to your student’s teacher. The teachers will then forward the Tally Sheets to the Read-A-Thon Classroom Volunteer. Your child can earn prizes for reading. Prize are given for 150 minutes (Kindergarten – 5th grade), 300 minutes, 450 minutes, 750 minutes, and 1000 minutes read over the course of the 3 weeks. 

Please have your student collect pledges for his/her participation in the Read-A-Thon (link to pledge sheet found below). At the conclusion of the program, once your student’s total reading minutes have been calculated, please collect the pledges and turn them in to your student’s teacher by Friday, November 4th. The classroom Read-A-Thon parent volunteer will collect these to determine the child who has collected the most donations. We are asking that each student submit a minimum of $25 in pledges during the program. Again, this is our PTG’s primary fundraiser this year. The money raised during the Read-a-Thon will go toward financing the new natural playground.

We understand that, as parents, you hold high expectations for the quality of education your child receives during the school day. By encouraging him or her to participate in the Read-A-Thon, you are expanding upon this learning and taking it into your home, increasing the school’s effectiveness. As we all know, parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. Your involvement in the Read-A-Thon will help your child develop a lasting love of reading.

We are looking forward to your participation in the Read-A-Thon. We will keep you informed about the progress of the program and ways in which you can help your child succeed. Please let me know if I can answer any questions about the program.

Ann Sheehan-Moncel
STEM Read-A-Thon Coordinator and PTG Committee Volunteer

PDFPledge Sheet
 Weekly Tally Sheet