2018 Summer Read-a-Thon and Online Book Fair

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On your marks. Get set. Release the hounds!

Ready yourselves for plenty of activity this summer as well as a boat-load of reading!

This year it’s even better because we’ve brought back the Online Book Fair for an added benefit to help raise money for enrichment programs for our children. But the Online Book Fair only lasts for a short time, starting June 4 and ending June 18. See below for more details.

Last year we raised more than $10,000 with our annual Read-a-Thon! This fall Q300 will add its final new grade level. Congrats rising 5th Graders!. That means we have more readers than ever and we anticipate another massive wave of thirsty eyes guzzling oceans of prose! Proceeds from this fundraiser go toward this fall’s BCM Music Program (last year it cost $39,000) and other arts programs.

This year’s goal is $12,000 and we challenge student readers to raise $50 each or recruit 10 sponsors to support their cause.

If you’re looking for advice on what books to choose this summer see the books that are recommended for your grade level in the Online Book Fair.


Download the info packet here. It has forms and instructions.


First, decide which method you’ll use to track and publicizing your kid’s Read-a-Thon…

Choose ONLINE Our platform at Crowdrise.com/2018Q300SummerReadaThon helps you get the word out on social media, linking friends and family directly to your kid’s Crowdrise page. If you’re a heavy user of Facebook and other social media PLEASE consider using this method. Payments are automatic. No need to follow up with your sponsors. Full instructions are in the HOW IT WORKS section of the Info Packet.


Choose OFFLINE This means using the paper pledge form to track your sponsors and collecting the pledge payments yourself at the end of the summer and organizing them for your kid to bring to school on the first day of the fall semester on Thursday, Sept. 5 2018.

All the information you need is in the Info Packet.


From June 4-18 Q300 PTA will get a 30% giveback from our book fair sponsor ChildrensBookstore.com.

The books on the recommended reading lists on our Online Book Fair page come from the Queens Public Library and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year featuring curated lists of books on the theme of social justice.

If you can’t manage to order books by June 18 we will still get a benefit if you buy them, it will just be a reduced rate of 15%. Still great for the PTA and enrichment programs for our children.