By Sarah CR Clark
St. Anthony Park Elementary School’s annual Read-a-Thon will run from Feb 7 to 16. All kindergarten to fifth-grade students are invited to count the minutes they spend reading each of those days and collect pledges from supportive neighbors, family, and friends.
Read-a-thon donation helps fund school field trips, artist-in-resident activities and other school wide events. The school goal is to collectively read for 220,000 minutes during these 11 days. “Last year we exceeded our goal by a large margin and we hope to do the same again this year,” said Katie Loth, parent and lead volunteer.
Kids are encouraged to read for exciting prizes and classroom pizza parties. If the entire school reaches its 220,000-minute goal, the teachers and principal will participate in a crowd-pleasing dare at the end of the read-a-thon. “One year the principal ate bugs, another year several teachers got a pie in the face,” Loth remembers.
This year’s read-a-thon theme, prizes, and “dare’’ will be revealed at the opening school-wide assembly on Feb 6.
Loth noted, “We keep the theme a secret until closer to the start of the read-a-thon, so Bugle readers will need to ask SAP students in their community about this year’s theme once the read-a-thon starts.” The community is invited to participate by pledging to individual students, reading to SAP students whom you may know, and donating directly to the school.