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SFC Read-a-Thon

Friday February 19 – Friday February 26th

Get ready for Read-a-Thon: a week-long community celebration of literacy and a fundraiser to support SFC. We will have activities including Zoom visits from authors, book giveaways, and lots of fun. Students are challenged to earn BOOKWORM POINTS by reading as many minutes as they can and participating in fun activities all week long.

Families: Get sponsors

As part of a longstanding SFC tradition, we do not ask students to raise money. Instead, we encourage parents and families to ask their friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to support their avid readers with donations. By doing so, you are helping the Parent Action Committee (PAC) fund essentials, like new books for classroom libraries, project-based learning, and camping/field trips next year! Sponsors can make a donation online. Here is an easy email template you can use to ask for donations.

Students: Start Reading! February 19th to February 26th at 5pm

Earn BOOKWORM POINTS 

1) Individual reading. Record your minutes on your reading log in SeeSaw (K-5) or Google Classroom (6-8). Be creative and make reading fun.  

Minutes Count and Add Up. Use a clock or timer to track! 

  • Daily assigned homework reading
  • Being read to by someone else
  • Any language, anywhere: outside, in a pillow fort, under a table, in the bathroom! 
  • Read to pets, siblings, friends, on a park bench or under a tree
  • Poetry, magazines, newspapers, non-fiction, fiction, graphic novels
  • Reading in class 

2) Participate in Read-a-Thon activities and record on the Bingo Board on SeeSaw (K-5) or Google Classroom (6-8)

3) Attend Teacher and Staff-led afternoon activities on Zoom every day of the Read-a-Thon! Read-alouds, crafts, fun times with our community! Schedule will be posted on SeeSaw (K-5) or Google Classroom (6-8).

  • Come get free books! Visit the SFC Little Free Library Pop-Up! Friday 2/19 3:30-5:30 in front of Boys and Girls Club; Saturday 2/20 10-noon on the SFC yard; Saturday 2/27 10-noon on the SFC yard
  • Attend a student or teacher led read-aloud session
  • Make a book-related craft and post to your class’s SeeSaw page
  • Write a book review and share with friends

With many thanks in advance for your support!

Questions? Contact Curry Walker, Read-a-Thon Chair at curry_walker@yahoo.com or Maia Piccagli, PAC President at maiapic@gmail.com 

Complete reading and activity logs by Monday March 1st. Donations encouraged by Friday March 5th to http://my-sfcs.org/support-sfc/donate/ 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

A: 1) Read! Keep track of all the time spent reading in their reading log. 2) Participate in Read-a-Thon activities all week long! Students earn BOOKWORM POINTS for keeping track of reading and engagement in community events. 

Q: What are bookworm points?

A: Bookworm points are the accumulation of minutes of reading + participation in Read-a-Thon activities. See the chart above for the list of suggested activities and their point value. Also, see the Zoom activities schedule to find out what is happening throughout the week.

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

A: Yes! Parents, guardians, siblings, and other family members may read aloud to your child. They can attend Zoom activities led by staff, they can listen to books on reading apps. This counts!

Q: What counts as reading?

A: Individual reading time, being read to, and homework reading. Read books, magazines, comics, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, digital reading apps like Kids A-Z, newspapers in any language! 

Q: When does the Read-a-Thon begin and end?

A: We will kick off the Read-a-Thon at the Fantastic Fox Assembly on Friday, February 19th and it will end on Friday, February 26th at 5pm. This is the cut-off for accumulating individual reading time and activity points.

Q: What do we do when the Read-a-Thon ends?

A: Make sure that your child has recorded all their reading minutes and logged the extra activities they participated in. We encourage you to continue to collect donations until  Friday, March 5th.

Q: Who should we ask to sponsor our readers?

A: Sponsors can be parents, relatives, neighbors, co-workers, anyone in the community. The money raised during the Read-a-Thon is important to fund programs at SFC, so ask away!!  Here is a sample email that makes it easy to send to your network.

Q: How much money should a sponsor donate?

A: That is up to the sponsor. We encourage sponsors to give a flat donation (as opposed to dollars per-minute pledges). In the past we received donations ranging from $1 to $5,000. But even small donations add up quickly! 

Q: Do you take online donations? What about cash or check?

A: Online donations are great and so easy! Donations can be made at:  http://my-sfcs.org/support-sfc/donate/.  You can ask your donor to forward you their receipt so you can see who has made a donation. If you collect donations in cash or check (made out to Project OLE), email curry_walker@yahoo.com to coordinate transfer.

Q: Why aren’t kids asked to solicit donors for their Read-a-Thon?

A: It has been a long-standing value at SFC that kids will not fundraise. In this case, students do their part to raise funds by reading, and families work to support them by soliciting donations (among other things 😉 ). 

Q: Are there prizes for the students?

A: There will be a class trophy for the class that earns the most bookworm points. 

Q: Can my child participate – even without sponsors?

A: Yes, all students are encouraged to participate regardless of the amount raised. Have your student fill in their reading and activity log because each class is working toward a total reading goal!

 

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