What is the READ-A-THON?
The READ-A-THON is an annual event at Marquez, aimed at both putting the spotlight on reading for fun, and as a fund raiser for Friends of Marquez. Last year we raised $17,720.75 and the students of Marquez read 15,601 books!
How does it work?
Each book that a child reads, or has read to them, counts. For each book the student reads (or listens to), he/she writes it on their log. The book must be on the reading log for the book to be counted. 0-50 pages = 1 book, 50-100 pages = 2 books, 100-150 pages = 3 books, and so on. For examples, a book that is 147 pages would count as 3 books. Students can also collect pledges for the books that read. A suggested donation of $1 per book with a goal of each student finding 10 sponsors and reading 10 (or more) books—which is about $100 per student.
On Fridays, for each book read during the week, the students will color in their class Read-a-thon thermometer. Each class will have a reading thermometer, updated weekly.
Students will turn in their reading logs at the end of the read-a-thon, January 25, with their pledges for final tallies. All pledges must be turned in by February 8.
All students who participate and turn in their reading log will receive a certificate. Students who read 10 books or more earn a medal.
The class that reads the most books per grade gets an ice cream party.
Book Drive: From January 25-February 8, we will be collecting new and used children’s books for all ages to donate to the organization Book Ends.