BookSpring’s Read-A-Thon encourages community service and sharing the joy of book ownership with children in our community. During the two week event, students and book lovers read and collect donations based on the number of minutes they read. The donations buy books and support BookSpring’s childhood literacy programs in the Greater Austin area.
Monday, January 23
Sunday, February 5
For more detailed information on HOW TO REGISTER, click here.
Registration will begin January 2017!
Students register to participate with their school or as an individual if their school is not participating. Once registered, and with help from parents, students solicit pledges from friends and family in support of their reading. Students log the amount of time and the number of pages read during the Read-A-Thon.
At the end of the Read-A-Thon, students collect donations and turn in their pledge envelopes to their teachers. The results are tallied and awards are announced. Incentives are awarded to students, classrooms, and schools based on the level of funds raised. Schools and students compete for top fundraising and reading 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.
Example: 1 hour = 60 minutes
Example: 60 minutes X .o5 per minute = $ 3.00 donation to collect
Schools, librarians, and teachers encourage the students to read each day during the Read-A-Thon; learn more about community service and how they can help; and, raise funds that will be used to buy books for other students in the Austin community. Fundraising prizes are awarded to schools and classrooms that participate.
All donations from the event support BookSpring’s childhood literacy programs in the Greater Austin area. BookSpring serves children ages birth to 12 years, teen parents and parents of young children. Ninety-five percent (95%) of BookSpring’s recipients are living at or below the federal poverty level. Approximately 80% of the target population is Hispanic and more than half of these speak Spanish as their first language.