Read-a-thon FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions

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

A: Wednesday, October 4th to Friday, October 20th, 2017. Reading done before or after these dates is terrific, but 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, solicit sponsors and collect flat donations, read, and keep track of the time he or she spends reading.

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

A: Yes! Parents, guardians, siblings and other family members may read aloud to your child. This reading time counts toward minutes read.

Q: What counts for reading?

A: Any time your child spends reading outside of school time from Wednesday, October 4th to Friday, October 20th, 2017. This includes individual reading time and being read to aloud. Homework reading done outside of school time can be counted toward the Read-a-thon.

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

A: Yes, a Read-a-thon Packet including instructions, a reading and donation log board, and an envelope for collecting the donations will be sent home with your child on Wednesday, October 4th. A limited number of extra packets will be available in the office.

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

A: Sponsors can be parents, relatives, neighbors -- anyone who has a connection to your child, would like to support his or her reading, and would like to support our school. This is our PTA's major fundraiser where it is easy to 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. All donations should be flat donations.

Q: When should the money be collected from sponsors?

A: Donations are collected up front. Students should collect each donation at the time they ask for it and secure all donations in the Read-a-thon Envelope. Checks should be written to the Edison PTA. Canceled checks can serve as a tax-deductible donation receipt or families may print out donation receipts to give to sponsors from this website. The Edison PTA Tax ID number is 94-6172011.

Q: Who is responsible for collecting the sponsorship donations?

A: You and your child are responsible for collecting sponsor donations.

Q: What do we do with the Read-a-thon Envelope when the Read-a-thon ends?

A: The entire Read-a-thon packet including the reading and donation log board and the collected donations in the envelope should be turned into your child’s teacher on the morning of Friday, October 20th, 2017.

Q: Are there prizes for the students?

A: Yes. Every student who turns in a Read-a-thon packet will receive small prizes based on their hours read. Each student who raises $150 or more will receive a Books Inc. Gift Certificate. The top three students in EACH CLASS who reads the most verified minutes will receive an Emoji Sport Sack and the top student in EACH GRADE who raise the most money will win an Emoji Chia Pet.

Q: Can my child participate – even without sponsors?

A: Yes, all students are encouraged to participate regardless of the amount of sponsorship. Have your student turn in his or her reading log board so he or she can be eligible for the grade level prize for most minutes read.

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