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Monday, March 1, 2010

Read-A-Thon Kick-off!!

In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday (3/2) and Read Across America going on this week, I am hosting a read-a-thon fundraiser at several schools and kicking them all off this week! Today was my first kick-off event. I did a brief read-aloud session with a large group of preschoolers and explained to them how the read-a-thon works (I'm hoping their parents will take the time to read the letter I sent home explaining it as well).

I am SO excited about this fundraiser! SO excited! My new friend, Elise, with Usborne/Kane Miller books helped me plan it. The reason it's so awesome is that
  1. It encourages reading
  2. The participating children are rewarded for their reading with new books of their choosing
  3. The schools all get new books for their classrooms (also of their choosing)
  4. We get money to put into our adoption fund!
The kids all seemed excited about the event at the kick-off today. Although, it was disappointing to only see a few children raise their hands when I asked how many of them read with their parents everyday. :( Perhaps this read-a-thon will help change all that. That's the goal at least!

I really think I'm going to try to make this an annual thing. It's so much fun. I'm hoping the families all take part in it and take the time to read and collect pledges. How fun for all the kiddos!

I'll keep you posted on how it goes. I have 3 more schools to kick it off at this week! Yahoo!!

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