Read-A-Thon Fundraiser raises bar while raising money

To celebrate I Love to Read Month, the Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) sponsored their third annual Read-A-Thon, Jan. 28 through Feb. 24.

The Read-A-Thon’s goal is to help students to read as much as possible and enjoy a variety of books in a four week period and in the process raise much needed funds. The long-term purpose is to help students find ways to fit more reading into their lives and become lifelong readers.

New this year, one of four different genres were featured each week including poetry, folklore, historical fiction and biographies. Students earned bonus minutes for each book read in that genre. Our school and local libraries were impressed with student’s genre book selections.

The five students with the most minutes read in each grade were awarded medals and recognized during the Read-A- Thon televised award ceremony. First place fundraiser received a Sky Zone pizza party. Second and third place fundraisers get to be a guest principal.

Students read a total of 662,623 minutes which is equivalent to 11,043 hours or 460 days. Students, volunteers, staff and the generous support of families and friends helped to surpass the $16,000 fundraising goal. Total funds raised are $18,340.01. One-hundred percent of the money raised will go directly to the programs and events sponsored by the PTO.