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Our PTSA spends approximately $200,000 per year on various student enrichment programs, staff support and other activities. The annual Read-a-thon is one of the many ways to help support our many programs and activities.

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Every Student Counts. Every Contribution Counts!

During the two weeks of Read-a-Thon, EVERY single student is strongly encouraged to read for fun and help raise much needed funds for our school. Do what you can, and know that every dollar counts and benefits all of our children.

Read! Read! Read!

Try to read every day during the Read-a-Thon. See the “Reading Tips and Strategies” section below for recommended reading times by grade. Track your reading time! Students mark off how many minutes they read each day in increments on their reading log. Parents and guardians may help students with this task. All reading inside/outside of school counts, whether you read or someone reads to you.

100% Participation

All students who log any reading on their reading log and turn it in to their teacher by the deadline will be counted toward participation.  While we hope that all students will try to secure donations, you do not have to have any donations to count as participating. 

All classes that have 100% participation will qualify for the popsicle party prize.  The date of that prize will be arranged with the classroom teachers. 


Students share their reading goal with family, and friends, to ask for a flat donation to support their efforts! Students should record all donations whether check, cash, or an online donation in their donation log. Checks should be made payable to Bay Farm PTSA.

It’s really easy for donors to make online donations via PayPal. As a safety measure, please do not solicit strangers. All donations should be collected up front (upon initial request) and placed in the envelope provided.

All donations need to be turned in to the students’ teacher on the morning of December 3rd.

Student's Name
Teacher's Name
Student's Grade
Donor's Name


The prizes for the Read-A-Thon change each year.  We offer prizes for the student that reads the most minutes, the student that raises the most amount of donations as well as classroom participation prizes and school-wide prizes depending on the amount of money raised.  Check the information packet for this year’s prize list.  Past prizes include: Teacher Tricycle Race, Teacher Hair Coloring, Ice-Bucket Challenge, and more


Here is a list of some of the programs that are supported by the funds raised by the Read-A-Thon:

  • Technology
  • Gardening Program
  • Learning Center support
  • Art Docents
  • PE equipment
  • Field trips
  • Curriculum Needs
  • Go Green
  • STEAM programs
  • Science Fair
  • Safety Patrol
  • Disaster Preparedness Supplies
  • Family Programs

Reading Tips & Strategies

Recommended Times

To make setting a daily reading goal easier, listed below are some sample times for each grade. Please work with your child to set a daily reading goal that is a bit challenging, yet attainable given his or her reading level and ability. If you have questions about what is appropriate, please contact your child’s teacher.

  • Kindergarten 10-20 minutes per day
  • First Grade 15-25 minutes per day
  • Second Grade 20-30 minutes per day
  • Third Grade 25-35 minutes per day
  • Fourth Grade 30-45 minutes per day
  • Fifth – Eight Grade 30-60 minutes per day

Recommended Times

  • 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 they participate and engage in reading anything that is appropriate for their reading level.
  • 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.
  • To parents, family members, and guardians, we encourage you to take the challenge of setting a goal and 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.

Suggestions for Parents on Soliciting Donations

  • 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.
  • Offer a receipt to each donor. All donations are tax deductible!
  • You can download sample email templates (sample email from a parent, sample email from a student) to help you and your child write an email to family, friends, and your colleagues. Simply download the sample emails, customize them in 5 minutes or less and send the email to family and friends.
  • Help your child approach at least 10 family members and friends.
  • Ask more people for smaller donations of $5, $10, $15, and $20 in cash, check (made out to Bay Farm PTSA). It’s really easy for donors to make online donations by credit card or PayPal. They can donate online by clicking on the following link:
  • Check to see if your workplace will match your donations up to a certain amount.

Help your child try to raise at least $100. The more a student raises, the higher a student’s chance to win a prize for them and/or their class.


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