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Read-a-Thon Fundraiser & Contest

REEF(Richland Elementary Education Fund)  is sponsoring its Annual Read-a-thon! We are celebrating the FUN of reading and encouraging our students to read every day!  Our goal is to raise money so that REEF can continue its mission of providing tutoring services for students and supporting the professional development of teachers and administrators at Richland.  All students who participate get prizes!!  Plus, PRIZES for  the top reader in each grade.  Pizza party for classes with most minutes read! Principal  & Vice-principal for the day for top two readers!  Let’s read, read, read!

Important Dates:

  • Read-a-thon Kick Off– December 11th. Students Set a Daily Reading Goal. Information packets go home on Wednesday, December 6th .
  • Record Minutes & Get Sponsors –December 11th – January 17th
  • Read-a-thon Assembly : January 12, 2018 Character Readers at assembly to encourage reading.
  • Book drive: Donate books both new and gently used. January 8th -January 22th
  • All Forms & Monies-  Due by January 19th

How to Participate:

    1. Set a daily reading goal.  Each student should set a daily reading goal to indicate how many minutes he/she will read each day during the event. All time spent reading outside of school should be recorded.  Any time spent by parents or others reading aloud to the student also counts!!!
    2. Secure sponsors.  Using their Pledge sheet, each student is encouraged to secure sponsors  (i.e.parents, relatives, neighbors, friends, etc.) This will be anyone willing to support our school for each minute that your child/children read. The pledge may also be a flat rate plate.  For example, a pledge may be 10 cents per minute or a one time pledge of any set dollar amount if the goal is attained.
    3. Track reading time.  Read! Read! Read!  Each students tracks how many minutes he/she reads each day at home using the Reading Log.  Parents may help students with this task.
    4. Collect pledges.  All minutes read should be totaled on the Reading log, and pledges collected.  After collecting the money, all forms and monies should be placed in a Read-a-thon envelope. Checks should be made out to REEF.  All envelopes should be returned to the school by Friday, January 19th.


  • Donate books.  Book drive!  January 8th – January 22nd. REEF will collect new and gently used books to donate to the Salvation Army and to our community school in need. Please drop off your books at designated bins in the main hallway


If you need another copy of the pledge form or reading log please visit the links below:

Reading Log 2017/2018

Pledge Envelope


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Read-a-thon?

A: The Read-a-thon is an annual fundraiser sponsored by REEF (Richland Elementary Education Fund). Its goals are to encourage reading among students and to raise money to support tutoring services for students at Richland.

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

A: Gather sponsors, READ, keep track of the time spent reading, and collect pledges.


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

A: December 11, 2017 to January 17th 2018.  Any time your child spends reading outside of school from December 11th to January 17th counts.  This includes reading alone AND being read to aloud!  We encourage parents to read to their children!


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

A: Yes!  A packet of information with forms and an envelope for collecting pledges will be sent home on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.  Extra forms will be placed in the office and a file will be attached to our PTO Blast announcement.


Q: Whom should I ask to be a sponsor?

A: Sponsors can be anyone you choose to ask.


Q: How much money should a sponsor donate?

A: That is up to the sponsor.  Examples of pledges can be $0.10 per minute or a flat one-time pledge of a set amount, such as $10.  All Donations are welcomed.


Q: When should money be collected from sponsors?

A: Anytime.  Read-a-thon  ends  on January 17th .  Checks should be written to REEF. Cancelled checks can serve as a tax-deductible donation receipt.


Q: What do we do with the forms and money collected?

A: All money collected should be placed in the Read-a-thon envelope and returned to Richland.  The log form does not need to be returned.  Total minutes read should be indicated on envelope. All pledges are due on Friday, January 19, 2018.


Q: Are there prizes for the students?

A: Yes! Every student who participates will receive a prize. Also, a student from each grade with the most minutes read will receive a gift card.  The classrooms with the most minutes read will enjoy a Pizza party! Principal & Vice-principal for the day for the top readers!!! Winners will be announced at REEF’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner January 25, 2018.


Q: Can my child participate even without sponsors?

A: Yes! We want the whole student body to participate. All students are encouraged to participate regardless of the amount of sponsorship.  Have your student turn in their Read-a-thon envelope with minutes read recorded on it so that they can receive a prize and so that their minutes read can count towards helping their class try to win a pizza party.

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