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This April, the PTA is hosting a month-long Read-a-thon with the goal of reading 163,000 minutes! All students can participate without having to raise money because our main goal is to have 100% student-participation in reading.

If you would like to participate in the fundraising portion of the read-a-thon but haven't already registered, visit our fundraising page and click the button "I Want To Fundraise For This". Or go directly to this setup page.

Grades and individual students with the most minutes read will WIN AWESOME PRIZES. There will also be prizes for the Top Readers and Top Fundraisers.

Here’s how the Read-A-Thon works:

  • All students will read and track their minutes. We’re only tracking minutes spent on books, digital books, newspapers, and magazines. Sorry, audiobooks, video books, and homework reading DO NOT count.
     

  • Reading logs must be submitted at the end of each week (Friday). You can access and submit the online reading log here or via the student’s Google classroom.

 

  • Raising money is optional, but asking friends and family to sponsor your avid reader is a great way to support PS 163.

Fundraising:

You can raise money online by visiting our fundraising page and signing up as a fundraiser. 

 

Once you have your own personal fundraising page, share the link with family and friends and on social media!

Sponsors can donate per minute OR they can give a flat donation. To donate offline, sponsors will complete a donation form and mail their check to:

Attn: Friends of PS 163

163 West 97th Street

New York, NY 10025

General donations:

You can make a general donation to the Read-A-Thon on this page or via one of these methods:
 

  • Venmo: @AlfredE-Smith

  • Text-to-donate: Text "163READ" to 44-321

*IMPORTANT: If you choose PayPal, please uncheck the "paying for goods or services" option. This allows PS 163 to receive your full donation without incurring any fees.

See the resources below to help you become a Read-A-Thon superstar!

Need help getting started or have a question? Email our Read-A-Thon Captain Jeanie at: jeanie.ahn@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the dates of the Read-a-thon?

A: Monday, April 5 to Friday, April 30, 2021. Reading done before or after these dates is still awesome, but it is not counted toward the Read-a-thon.


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

A: Set a daily reading goal and keep track of the time they spend reading each day. Submit the weekly reading log every Friday in April. While it is not a requirement for participation, we encourage your child to solicit donations for their reading as well. The best way to do this is by setting up an online fundraising page.


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

A: YES, ABSOLUTELY! Parents, guardians, siblings, other family members, or friends may read aloud to your child. 


Q: What counts as reading?

A: Any time your child spends reading outside of school time from Monday, April 5 to Friday, April 30, 2021. This includes individual reading time and being read to aloud. Homework reading does not count toward the Read-a-thon.

Q: Do audio books or books read aloud on YouTube count?

A: No. The focus of the Read-a-thon is on the physical interaction between a child and a book (or between you, your child, and a book!).


Q: Do I need special forms for the Read-a-thon?

A: Yes, track your minutes reading each day and then submit your weekly online reading log (preferred) or printable form to us every Friday in April. When you submit your reading log each Friday, you will be automatically considered for the weekly top reader spots.

 

Q: How do I create a personalized page for my child to collect sponsors for the Read-a-thon?

A: Visit our fundraising page and set up a personalized fundraising page for your child. You can then send a donation link to that page for your family and friends to sponsor your child's reading.


If you have more than one child that would like to participate in the fundraising, simply follow the same steps above to set up a personalized fundraising page for additional children. You will need a separate email address for each child.


Q: Whom should my child ask to be a sponsor?

A: Sponsors can be parents, relatives, or neighbors—anyone who has a connection to your child, would like to support their reading, and would like to support PS 163. This is a major fundraiser for the PTA, so we hope you will ask extended family and friends to sponsor and donate to our school.


Q: How much money should a sponsor donate?

A: That is up to the sponsor. Sponsors can donate per minute read OR give a flat donation.

Q: Can my child participate – even without sponsors?

A: YES! All students are encouraged to participate regardless of the amount raised. We want 100% reading participation. Have your child turn in their reading log each week because the class per grade that reads the most minutes will get a prize. In addition, our school-wide goal is to read 163,000 minutes, so every student who turns in a reading log will help us meet this goal!

 

Sample Letters to Potential Sponsors

 

Prizes You Can Win

Weekly winners

  • Top reader by grade: One (1) “no homework” pass for one assignment

  • Top individual reader: Lunch with teacher AND pizza OR $20 Amazon gift card


Overall winners

  • Top reader by grade: Three (3) “no homework” passes

  • Top individual reader: A day as assistant principal OR $40 Amazon gift card

  • Top individual fundraiser: First place $40, second place $30, third place $20 Amazon gift cards


All readers

  • Digital certificate

 

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163 West 97th St.
New York, NY 10025
(212) 678-2854
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ELittle5@schools.nyc.gov

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