Read-a-thon Fundraiser • October 16th-27th

Our Read-a-Thon is a chance for extended family and friends to help our students develop a lifelong love for reading and raise funds for important programs at Bay Farm School.

Our Goal: 

During these two weeks, EVERY single student is strongly encouraged to read for fun and help raise much needed funds for our school. 

Do what you can, and know that every dollar counts and benefits all of our children. 


Did you know, our PTSA spends approximately $180,000 per year on various student enrichment programs, staff support and other activities?

Below is a sample of the programs that will be funded or subsidized by the money raised:
  • Technology 
  • Gardening Program 
  • Learning Center support 
  • Art Docents 
  • PE equipment 
  • Field trips (in class and out) 
  • Curriculum Needs 
  • Go Green 
  • STEAM programs (Robotics Club, Architecture Class, etc.) 
  • Science Fair 
  • Safety Patrol 
  • Disaster Preparedness Supplies 
  • Family Programs (Movie Night, Evening on the Green, Games Night, etc) 
Without fundraising, these programs would not exist for our students.

Dear Bay Farm School Students:

Try to read every day for two weeks. See the “Reading Tips and Strategies” section below for recommended reading times by grade. Write down the number of minutes you read in the reading log provided. All reading inside/outside of school counts, whether you read or someone reads to you.

Secure Sponsors:

Students share their reading goal with family, and friends, to ask for a flat donation to support their efforts! Each student should try to raise at least $100 or ask 10 people for donations. Students should record all donations whether check, cash, or an online donation in their donation log. Checks should be made payable to Bay Farm PTSA.

It's really easy for donors to make online donations here by credit card or PayPal. 

As a safety measure, please do not solicit strangers. 

All donations should be collected up front (upon initial request) and placed in the envelope provided. All donations need to be turned in to the students’ teacher on the morning of Monday, October 30th. 

Track Reading Time:

Read! Read! Read! Students mark off how many minutes they read each day in increments on their reading log. Parents and guardians may help students with this task.


Reading and fundraising is hard work! To thank our students, the following prizes will be awarded:

All students will receive a book mark sent home in their Read-a-Thon packet.

All students who participate will receive 1 entry* for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the Bay Farm School Spring Book Faire. In total, there will be 4 winners.


For every $100 the student raises, they will receive another (1) entry for a chance to win an iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi 128GB - Silver.

  1. The student who raises the most money will win 30 additional entries AND PE Teacher for the Day.
  2. The student who reads the most minutes will win 30 additional entries AND Principal for the Day.
  3. ANY class with 100% participation will win a Popsicle Party.
  4. The class (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) that reads the most minutes will win a Pizza Party. (3 parties)
  • If the school raises $20,000, at least one teacher from every grade will perform the Chicken dance in front of the school
In Addition,
  • If the school raises $30,000, many of your favorite teachers will participate in the Ice Bucket challenge. 
In Addition,
  • If the school raises $40,000, the 1st place winners with the most minutes read and the most money earned will each pie a teacher. Teachers will be preselected.
In Addition,
  • If the school raises greater than $50,000, four (4) or more teachers will have a Tricycle race (or equivalent) around the Quad area where morning ceremony is held.
All teacher performances/events will be performed in front of the entire school during a morning ceremony.

*An entry means that a student’s name will be recorded into the prizes database. Therefore, any student can have multiple entries for a chance to win the iPad mini raffle and Book Fair certificates. This will also ensure that students don’t misplace/lose paper raffle tickets.

All raffle and party dates will be mutually agreed upon with the teachers and communicated through Konstella and the Splash Newsletter.

Turn in Log and Donations:

Reading and Donation logs must be returned to your teacher in the envelope provided, no later than Monday, October 30th or your entry may not be considered for prizes.

If you have any questions, or if you or someone you know would like to read to a class or help in some other way, please email Thank for your support and participation!

Reading Tips and Strategies:

Recommended Times
To make setting a daily reading goal easier, listed below are some sample times for each grade.

Please work with your child to set a daily reading goal that is a bit challenging, yet attainable given his or her reading level and ability. If you have questions about what is appropriate, please contact your child’s teacher.

Kindergarten 10-20 minutes per day
First Grade 15-25 minutes per day
Second Grade 20-30 minutes per day
Third Grade 25-35 minutes per day
Fourth Grade 30-45 minutes per day
Fifth - Eight Grade 30-60 minutes per day

Reading Strategies
Make this challenge fun for the whole family! Take a trip to the library and stock up on books that interest your child. Encourage and praise your child as they participate and engage in reading anything that is appropriate for their reading level.

For children in the lower grades listening to adults or older siblings read counts as reading time. When reading with your child, ask recall questions about characters or details of the story in order to build his or her reading comprehension skills. Talk about the story and relate it to your child’s everyday life when possible.

For families with students in the upper grades, consider having them read in one room with others who are reading quietly — a family reading night! Or, try reading out loud as a family one night a week while rotating readers. Help strengthen your child’s reading skills by asking questions about his or her reading in terms of comprehension, recall of details, and discussing the book’s theme or ideas.

To parents, family members, and guardians, we encourage you to take the challenge of setting a goal and reading daily as well. Show your child that reading is important in your life too.

When our children see us reading, they learn the value and joy of it. Have fun reading.

Suggestions for parents on soliciting donations:

  • Sponsor your child in the Read-a-Thon! You could also offer to match your child’s total collected donations or donations up to a certain amount. 
  • Offer a receipt to each donor. All donations are tax deductible! 
  • You can download sample email templates (sample email from a parent, sample email from a student) to help you and your child write an email to family, friends, and your colleagues. Simply download the sample emails, customize them in 5 minutes or less and send the email to family and friends. 
  • Help your child approach at least 10 family members and friends. 
  • Ask more people for smaller donations of $5, $10, $15, and $20 in cash, check (made out to Bay Farm PTSA). It's really easy for donors to make online donations by credit card or PayPal. They can donate online by clicking on the following link:
  • Check to see if your workplace will match your donations up to a certain amount. 
Help your child try to raise at least $100. The more a student raises, the higher a student’s chance to win a prize for them and/or their class. 

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