Read-A-Thon

Our PTSA spends approximately $200,000 per year on various student enrichment programs, staff support and other activities.

Goal

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.The goal is for each student to raise a minimum of $100!

Do what you can, and know that every dollar counts and benefits all of our children. Every Student Counts. Every Contribution Counts!

Programs

Without fundraising, some of the programs that will not exist or be funded or subsidized for our students:

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

Students

Try to read every day for the last two weeks of April. See the "Reading Tips and Strategies" section below for recommended reading times by grade. Write down the number of minutes you read in the reading log provided. All reading inside/outside of school counts, whether you read or someone reads to you.

Read! Read! Read! 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.

Secure Sponsors

Students share their reading goal with family, and friends, to ask for a flat donation to support their efforts! Each student should try to raise at least $100 or ask 10 people for donations. 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 by credit card or 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 the last Friday of April.

Prizes

Reading and fundraising is hard work! All students will receive a book mark sent home in their Read-a-Thon packet. In total, there will be 4 winners of $25 gift certificate. For every $100 the student raises, they will receive another one entry for a chance to win an iPad mini.

All students who participate will receive entry for a chance to win the following prizes:

Four $25 Bay Farm School Spring Book Faire gift certificate: [4 winners]
iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi 32GB - Space Gray: [1 winner]
PE Teacher for the Day: The student who earned the most money
Principal for the Day: The student who reads the most minutes
Popsicle Party: Class[es] with 100% participation
Pizza Party: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 Class[es] that raises the most money
Popcorn Party: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 Class[es] that reads the most minutes
One or more teacher from each grade will dance to the famous Michael Jackson song, Thriller!: Total raise is over $15,000
Your favorite teachers will participate in the Ice Bucket challenge: Total raise is over $28,000
The 2nd and 3rd place winners with the most minutes read and the most money earned will each color the hair of participating teachers: Total raise is over $35,000
The 1st place winners with the most minutes read and the most money earned will each select the teacher of their choice to receive a pie in the face: Total raise is over $41,000
Four or more teachers will have a Tricycle race around the Quad area where morning ceremony is held: Total raise is over $50,000

Entries

All students who participate will receive entry for a chance to win. The more the students participate, there will be more chances for them to win:

1 entry per participated student
1 additional entry for every $100 raises
30 additional entries for the student who earned the most money
30 additional entries for the student who reads the most minutes

All teacher performances/events will be performed in front of the entire school during a morning ceremony.

An entry means that a student’s name will be recorded into the prizes database. Therefore, any student can have multiple entries for a chance to win the iPad mini raffle and Book Fair certificates. This will also ensure that students don’t misplace/lose paper raffle tickets.
All raffle and party dates will be mutually agreed upon with the teachers and communicated through the Splash Newsletter.

We hope you have a good time reading and helping your school raise money!

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

Reading Strategies
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. 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.
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: http://www.bayfarmschoolpta.org/read-a-thon.
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.

Documents

FAQ
Info Packet
Tax Receipt
Parent - Sample Email
Student - Sample Email