Why is this event so important to Hyde Park School? Not only does it promote the joy of reading, but it also serves as the second-largest fundraiser PTO hosts each school year. Your generous contributions to the Read-A-Thon go directly into funding a budget that supports students, teachers, and the classrooms.
If this is your ﬁrst year participating in our Read-A-Thon Welcome! For those who are familiar with past Read-A-Thons, you will notice this year we are offering a new format. In the past, we have sent home folders with all the information needed to kick-off this event. Due to COVID-19 we are taking the Read-A-Thon digital.
Prizes are awarded for students’ participation!
The homeroom with the most minutes read by all students in the class and the homeroom with the highest minutes read per student (averaged among the number of students) will win a sweet treat social.
The top reader in each homeroom will receive a Joseph Beth gift card.
Homerooms that have 100% participation (classroom reading logs submitted, pledges are not required to win) will earn a pajama day & extra free reading time in class.
Instructions for Online Pledges:
NEW! We have partnered with www.99pledges.com to make it easier to e-mail or post on Facebook and collect donations from you and your student’s family and friends. Click on the link above, type in your child’s homeroom, and follow the instructions from there.
Instructions for In-Person Pledges:
Providing that the students will have in-school instruction the week of November 9th, the PTO will have a dropbox for cash or check pledges outside of the building November 10th through November 13th. Students will be able to drop their pledges off on their corresponding group days, A or B. We ask that check pledges be made out to HPS PTO.
Weekly Reminders and Raffles – Oct. 22nd, 29th & Nov 25th
To encourage participation, we are asking the students every Thursday during the Read-A-Thon to upload a picture of them and what they are currently reading to the HPS PTO padlet page. Every Friday we will draw a random name from all those who have submitted photos and that student will receive a prize from Joseph-Beth Books.
Reading minutes completed, pledges collected, it is time to turn everything in! As we wrap up this year’s event, we just wanted to remind you of a few important dates and submission details.
A few important dates:
November 9th – Final day to log minutes November 10th – 13th – Submit final minute totals and pledges online November 12th & 13th – Group B turn in paper logs and cash/check pledges at morning dropoff. November 17th – Group A turn in paper logs and cash/check pledges at morning dropoff.
Thank you all for your support of our young readers and Hyde Park School. Just as a reminder, we strongly encourage, if possible, to upload your final minute counts to this Google form and pledges to our Hyde Park School Pledge Page.
If you would like to turn in your minutes and pledges in person, the PTO will have one table in front of the walker and bus entrances and one table at the car rider entrance during morning drop-off. In order to keep up with COVID safety practices and limited contact, we ask that your student has all important papers in an envelope or bag, already outside of their backpack, and ready to drop in the provided bins on the tables.
Finally … Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for all of your support and encouragement of the Read-A-Thon during this strange time. We also hope that even though the Read-A-Thon is ending, that you all KEEP READING!
Thank you to all the students and teachers who read and collected pledges for this year’s Read-A-Thon. Together, HPS students read over 168,936 minutes… that’s 2,815 hours!!… AND raised over $18,000 for the school!
Now for this year’s winners:
The team with the most amount of minutes read is Team J.R.R. Tolkien. Congratulations Ms. N. Roberts and Mr. Gallup’s homerooms. Together they read 18,306 minutes!
The team with the highest average of minutes read per student at 1108 minutes per student is Team Roald Dahl. Congratulations Mrs. Belcuore and Ms. Mendelson!
The following classes have earned a Pajama Day and Extra Reading Time for the most participation: Hebert (K), Martin (1st), Boada (1st), N. Roberts (2nd), Wood (3rd)
The following students read the most amount of minutes in their homeroom and won a Joseph-Beth Gift Card!