2017 Summer Read-a-Thon

Q300 kids ready themselves for another summer reading frenzy!


We’re excited about what is sure to be another successful Summer Read-a-Thon. The class with the highest level of participation will win a pizza party. Last year’s winners were the incoming Kindergarten and 6th grade classes.

Last year we were pleasantly surprised to raise almost $10,000! With the student body 30% larger this year we anticipate another smashing, booktastic read-o-rama! Proceeds from this fundraiser go towards this fall’s BCM Music Program (it costs $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 READING LISTS section at the bottom of this page.

DOCUMENTS

Download the info packet here. It has the forms and detailed HOW IT WORKS section.

GET STARTED: ONLINE OR OFFLINE?

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

Choose ONLINE platform at Crowdrise.com/2017Q300SummerReadaThon which enables you to more easily get the word out on social media, linking friends and family directly to your kid’s Crowdrise page. Payments at the end of the summer are automatic. No need to follow up with your sponsors. Full instructions are on the HOW IT WORKS page of the Info Packet.

OR

Choose OFFLINE which means using the paper pledge form to track your sponsors and collecting 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. 7 2017.

USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO MAXIMIZE SPONSORS

We learned from last year’s Read-a-Thon that publicizing your effort on social media is incredibly effective so we strongly encourage you to use the Crowdrise.com platform. It will enable your social media connections to instantly link to your kid’s personal fundraiser page and become a sponsor.

All the information you need is in the Info Packet.

READING LISTS

Librarians at your local public library are a great resource for suggestions and the city’s libraries do a fantastic job of compiling Summer reading lists for kids. Here are links that will give you all you need to get going…

The Queens Public Library’s summer reading program includes reading lists can be found at summerreading.queenslibrary.org.

The Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer reading lists and program details can be found here: bklynlibrary.org/summer-reading.

Free passes to Coney Island: Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer reading game board based program rewards readers with a 4-hour pass to rides at Luna Park at Coney Island! You can leverage your kid’s Read-a-Thon efforts to satisfy quite a bit of the program’s requirements to complete the game board which will earn him/her a pass for 4 hours of free rides at Coney Island’s Luna Park. Get details at bklynlibrary.org/summer-reading.

The New York Public Library’s Summer reading lists can be found at nypl.org/events/summer/reading-challenge.

Yankees tickets contest: The Summer Reading Challenge program has an essay writing contest whose winner will get tickets to a Yankees game, meet a player, and take a bow on the field. That  would be pretty fantastic to see!