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Read-A-Thon 2021 - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Read-A-Thon?

A: This is a fun reading and fund-raising event to support our school. All funds raised will be used to continue to bring excellent enrichment programs for students.

Q: What are the dates for the Read-A-Thon?

A: The event runs from March 22nd - April 2nd.

Q: How does the Read-A- Thon Work?

A: Here are the simple steps.

  • Find good books to read and a cozy corner to read them.

  • Share an email with family and friends about how they can support you and Stocklmeir

  • Log your daily reading minutes via the Reading Log. At the end of the 2 weeks (April 2nd), enter your total minutes read via a Google Form.

  • During the course of the Read-A-Thon, feel free to tell us about what you are reading, upload images of books etc.. via the school-wide Padlet.

Q: What counts for reading?

A: Any exposure to reading counts! This can include when you read by yourself, when someone reads with you, when someone reads out loud to you, when you read on the computer or a device, and when you read on RazKids, EPIC or any online platform!

Q: How do I keep track of my minutes each day?

A: We have a Reading Log. In order to edit the sheet, make a copy and save it with your name. Simply keep recording each day at home and then total up your minutes for each day. At the end of the day on March 2nd, we are asking you to fill in an online form to enter your total minutes read over the 2 weeks.

Q: What information can I share with my friends and family?

A: You can copy the message below and send it to your families and friends via email.

Hello ( name of person)

My school Stocklmeir Elementary is conducting a fun Read-A-Thon event from March 22nd - April 2nd during which I look forward to reading a lot of great books and also meet my grade level reading goals.

It is also a fundraiser event and all the money raised will be used to bring wonderful programs to all the students including Art and Music, Assemblies and STEM fair, fund classroom supplies, emergency planning and so much more. I hope you will consider supporting me and my school with any donation. You can donate online by clicking here. Your donation is tax deductible as well. I look forward to your support and thank you in advance.

Sincerely,

( Student Name)

What counts for “school” reading times?

Any reading that occurs during the official school day gets included in the “school” reading times. So anytime from 8:30 until dismissal time , whether it’s done in class or at recess/lunch, gets included in the “school” column. Anything read outside of the official school day (before 8:30am and after dismissal time) gets included in the “home” column.

Q: Do I have to donate money in order to participate in the Read-A-Thon?

A: No, donations are not required in order for students to participate in the Readathon. However, since we are trying to raise money to sustain our PTA programs at Stocklmeir, we are hoping that you will consider donating toward this cause! Any amount helps and is appreciated.

Q: How do I turn in donations?

A: There are two ways you have your friends and family donate:

    • Online: Donations may be made online through Konstella. This will be a public link that students and their families can share with anyone - making it easy to donate. All donations are tax-deductible. Please remind everyone to include your name and classroom number so we can ensure that you receive credit for the donation.

    • Cash/Check: Students may also collect cash or check donations. If they do, we request that they mail a check for the final amount (made to “Stocklmeir PTA”) to the school office. Families should not drop off checks at the office.

Q: Are there prizes for the Readathon?

A: Yes! Every participant will receive a prize for participating. In addition, we have exciting prizes for:

  • Classes that read the most

  • Students that read the most

  • Students who donate $50, $75, $100, $150, $200 and more

  • More than 50 prizes to give away via raffle

Q: Who can I contact if I have questions?

A: If you have any questions, please email readathon@stocklmeirpta.org.

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

A: Keep track of the time he or she spends reading on the Read-a-thon and solicit donations. While it is not a requirement for participation, we encourage your child to solicit donations for their reading.

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

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

Q: What counts for reading?

A: Any time your child spends reading outside of school from March 22nd through April 2nd. 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! Kindle books, Raz-Kids or any other online reading counts as well!

Q: Do I need special forms for the Readathon?

A: No, but if you like please use the Read-a-thon reading logs to track minutes read, as well as the sponsorship page for donations they are linked on the webpage.

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

A: Sponsors can be parents, relatives, neighbors -- anyone who has a connection to your child, would like to support his or her reading, and would like to support our school.

Q: How much money should a sponsor donate?

A: That is up to the sponsor. Sponsors can give a flat donation, or sponsor the child for meeting daily minimum minutes read. We are hoping that each child can set a goal of $25.

Q: Why do we need to raise funds?

A: Stocklmeir PTA sponsors over 25 programs and activities for Stocklmeir Elementary, including Running Club, STEAM night, assemblies, Project Cornerstone, library books, and more. This is our biggest fundraiser. All donations made are tax deductible.