The Read-a-Thon will be held again this 2021-2022 school year! Our goal is to encourage your student’s love of reading while raising funds for our school. In the last FHES Read-A-Thon, students read over 200,000 minutes.
Why do we have a Read-a-thon?
The PTA will spend an average of $100 per student on resources and programs that directly touch each student at FHES. 100% of the money collected from the Read-A-Thon will be used to fund important school wide programs such as classroom technology, field trips, staff development, reading resources, assemblies and the list goes on. We hope the Read-A-Thon will raise $14,000 to support FHES students.
When is the Read-A-Thon?
The Read-a-thon will occur in early 2022.
How do I participate?
The Read-A-Thon has gone online! Your student can choose to personalize his or her page with a picture, record and track minutes read, and share his or her Read-A-Thon page with extended family and friends to help raise money for FHES. Your student’s Read-A-Thon page can only be viewed by yourself and those who you choose to share the link with via email, Facebook and/or Twitter. Students will receive a free prize for simply creating their FHES Read-A-Thon reader page. Students earn RAT Bucks for every donation they receive from a sponsor. At the end of the event, students spend their RAT Bucks and purchase any prizes they choose. Student readers will receive 15% of their collected donations to spend at the Read-A-Thon online store. Students participating in the Read-a-thon will also be entered in the prize raffles for great prizes like a FIT Bit and a Kindle Fire.
How are donations collected?
Donations are paid online so there’s no cash collection by students. Sponsors will have the option to make their one-time donation via E-check, credit card, or PayPal. If a student has a sponsor who prefers to pay by cash or check, the student may still accept the donation. Donations collected by cash/check will be counted towards total donations collected for the prize raffles, but the reader cannot use these donations towards RAT Bucks.
FHES Families choosing not to participate through the online Read-A-Thon, can request a paper Read-A-Thon packet by emailing the Read-a-thon Committee Chair. Please include student(s) name and teacher(s) in your email. The packet will include directions, reading logs, donation form, and an envelope to collect donations.
Do I have to collect donations to participate?
NO. While raising funds to support our school is one of our goals, the Read-A-Thon is first and foremost about encouraging students to read. Students do not have to collect donations to participate in the Read-A-Thon. Every student is encouraged to participate and everyone who tracks their minutes online or turns in a reading log will have their name featured on the bulletin board in the library. We encourage all students to read and track their minutes.
bookworm graphic by Krista Wallden