PTA Fundraising

Read & Write-a-thon Fundraiser

Read and Write-a-thon Logo

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What is the Read & Write-a-thon?

The Read & Write-a-thon is the PTA's annual fundraiser in which we challenge students to a reading and writing marathon! Students gather pledges of support from friends and family and then track their time in a Reading and Writing Log. For each hour of reading or writing completed, students write their name on a colorful ticket and bring it into their classroom where it will be added to the classroom tally.

This fundraiser is the PTA's largest source of revenue for the year, and an essential source of funding which helps the Ivy School PTA provide campus improvements, staff support, and community building social events that take place throughout the year. For more information about what the PTA does, please visit the website or come to one of our monthly meetings. All are welcome.

The Read & Write-a-thon happens for the whole month of February

Ivy students will log their reading and writing for the entire month of February and bring their tickets in throughout the month. Students may turn in their tickets for time spent reading and writing between Monday, February 3rd and Monday, March 2nd.

Because February is Black History Month, we suggest using potential extra reading time as an opportunity to explore African American literature and history. Please check with your student's teacher for recommendations or look to the Multnomah County Library for suggested readings.

During the first week of February, students ask potential sponsors for pledges, although pledges can be accepted throughout the month.

During the first week of March, students contact sponsors to collect their pledge money. Pledge payments can be made online, as well as via cash or check. Sponsors may go here to donate online. Checks should be made out to The Ivy School PTA.

What are we asking each family to do?

  1. Talk with your student to set a personal reading and writing goal for the Read & Write-a-thon. Realistic but challenging goals are recommended.
  2. Help your student to ask friends and family to pledge their support.
  3. Check in with your student to track the number of minutes and hours they devote to reading and writing. Any reading outside of school counts toward Read and Write-a-thon hours!
  4. When the Read & Write-a-thon concludes, collect pledged money or have sponsors contribute online. Please return the Pledge Envelopes to the donation box in the front office before Monday, March 9th or give them to your child's teacher at pick up or drop off. PTA will gather envelopes during the first week of March and tally up the school's cumulative hours and funds collected.

Read & Write-a-thon Celebration

Classes set goals for how many hours they think they will read and write. Classrooms who reach their goal will choose five library books for the Ivy Library! The class with the most hours accomplished during the Read & Write-a-thon 2020 will get to choose 30 books for our library!

We will celebrate the close of the Read & Write-a-thon with a party in March which always includes ice cream and vegan treats. Students are invited to come to school dressed as their favorite book character or their favorite author. We will also announce the booklists chosen by students that will fill our library.

What kinds of reading and writing qualify?

Reading materials can be books, newspaper article, graphic novels, stories in magazines, cookbooks or blogs. For beginning readers, the hours spent listening to someone read may be counted toward their reading hours.

Students who are just learning to write are encouraged to write lists, postcards to family members or friends, or vocabulary words. More experienced writers are encourages to write stories, reports, letters or plans.

Remember that all reading or writing that happens after school or on weekends counts toward your student's hours! Let's try to reach the goal of Ivy students reading and writing for 10,000 hours this year.

Short on Sponsors?

Having sponsors is not a requirement to participate in the Read and Write-a-thon! This fundraiser is for fun, too! However, the PTA has gathered a list of community members who would like to sponsor students who don't otherwise have access to sponsors. Please contact ivyschoolpta@gmail.com for a list of up to four people who have already agreed to fund any student who asks for sponsorship.

For More Information:

Please talk with other parents or PTA members about how Read & Write-a-thon has worked in the past or visit the Ivy PTA website. You can write to us directly at ivyschoolpta@gmail.com or reach out to us on Bloomz.

Thank you Ivy students and families! We look forward to another fun Read & Write-a-thon!