Chaaru Deb, an eighth grader at Kealing Middle School, submitted the winning
drawing for BookSpring’s 2010 Read-A-Thon Art Contest. Deb’s artwork will be
featured on the Read-A-Thon’s t-shirt and poster. Deb’s design promotes the
2010 theme, “A Neighborhood of Readers,” and the winning entry earned a
$75 gift card and artist gift basket from Jerry’s Artarama.
BookSpring’s 2010 Read-A-Thon, sponsored by Howdy Honda, is an annual
Austin event occurring from January 25-February 5, 2010. Through the Read-
A-Thon, children experience the joy of reading and pride of community service
by raising money to put books into the hands of children who need them most.
Proceeds support BookSpring’s early literacy programs located in medical
clinics, preschool centers, elementary schools, high schools and in the home-
based parenting programs of our nonprofit partners.
Local students and community groups solicit pledges, read, and log pages for
two weeks, and then collect donations to benefit BookSpring. Incentives and
community service ribbons will be awarded to students and schools based on
Over 30 area elementary schools are registered to participate in the 2010
Read-A-Thon. Parents of students at participating schools can register for the
Read-A-Thon at www.bookspring.org. The Read-A-Thon is also open to any
community group – book clubs, corporations, youth groups – wishing to
support BookSpring’s early literacy programs or offering matching pledges to
Howdy Honda, the presenting sponsor of the 2010 Read-A-Thon, will join
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, H-E-B, Sylvan Learning, McGinnis Lochridge and
Kilgore and S-Collective as corporate sponsors. Amy’s Ice Cream, BookPeople,
GNI Strategies, TyRex Group, KXAN, KMix 94.7, American Statesman,
Stepping Stone Schools and Chase Bank will provide additional support. Gatti’s
Pizza and Scholastic, Inc. will support the Read-A-Thon with student
incentives. Dell Inc. will also award a participating teacher with a Dell laptop.