This year, go for the gold! Gold Medal Readers is the theme of 2018 Read-A-Thon kicking off January 22nd through February 4th.
The Read-A-Thon continues to encourage the community to indulge in books for a worthy cause for two weeks. Students and book lovers will read and compete to be a Gold Medal Reader!
Donations purchase books and support early literacy programs in the Greater Austin area. Participating or supporting the Read-A-Thon is a great means of sharing the joy of book ownership and directly impacting the number of books in the home for families in our community.
According to our 2017 Central Texas Reading Survey, 25% of children lack books. Read-A-Thon participants are instrumental in getting more books into the hands of children who need them.
Students register to participate with their school or as an individual if their school is not participating.
Once registered they solicit pledges from friends and family in support of achieving their reading goals. Students log the amount of time and the number of pages read during the Read-A-Thon.
Incentives are awarded to students, classrooms, and schools based on both reading accomplishments and the level of funds raised. Schools and students compete for top reading and fundraising medals. At each school, three medals are awarded: Most Minutes Read, Most Pages Read, and Most Funds Raised.
There is also a prize for the top fundraising classroom at each school. In addition, a prize is awarded to the top overall Read-A-Thon fundraising student and a trophy is awarded to the top overall Read-A-Thon fundraising school.
Not only do students from Read-A-Thon schools come together to crowdfund for books for children and families in need, but they also inspire their friends and peers to be the best readers they can be. They help make these events even more special by sharing stories they love with other students.
Read-A-Thon participants truly go for the Gold! They also host book drives that benefit the ReBook program, allowing us to provide children and families with even more books.
2018 Read-A-Thon sponsors are Atlassian, Gatti’s Pizza, Holtzman Partners, KXAN, Nothing Bundt Cakes, HEB Tournament of Champions, Whataburger, Austin American Statesman, Amy’s Ice Cream, BMC Software, and BBVA Compass.