DES PTA Read-a-Thon



kid-books-12The Damascus Elementary School PTA is very pleased to announce our fifth annual Read-A-Thon for our students! We all want our kids to share a love of reading and this Read-A-Thon supports that goal as well as raises money for the PTA without your child having to sell anything or the school having to split the profits with another organization. Will you please join us in asking at least five friends and family members to sponsor your child as he/she pledges to read at least 15 minutes a day for 15 days? We are even offering an option to pay online to make collecting money even easier.

The PTA has made the Read-A-Thon easy and fun and we’re hoping that everyone will participate to make it a huge success for our school. The best part of the Read-A-Thon is that 100% of the money raised will stay at Damascus Elementary School and directly benefit our kids to fund family fun nights, cultural arts assemblies, staff appreciation, Grandparents day, muffins with moms, the science fair, books for the media center, enhancements to the curriculum and much, much more! And there’s nothing to buy; just family and friends encouraging our kids to read. The Read-A-Thon is the primary fundraiser for the PTA, so let’s work together to make it even more successful than last year!

Here’s how it works.

The packet contains the Read-A-Thon rules, an overview of the prizes, a participation form, a sponsorship form, and a calendar to record minutes read each night. Your child can begin setting his/her reading goals and ask people to sponsor them right away. Sponsors can pledge to pay a certain amount per minute that your child reads or is read to. They can also pledge a flat amount to encourage your child to meet his/her reading goal. Remind your child that relatives, neighbors, family friends, coaches and even often-frequented businesses make GREAT sponsors! All donations are tax deductible. Your child can continue collecting sponsors throughout the Read-A-Thon.

Your child will track the minutes they read outside of school each day from Friday, March 29th – Friday, April 12th. Please initial your child’s recording calendar each day and return it in their green student folder so the minutes read can be tracked daily. The classes compete against each other for the most minutes read to make the Read-A-Thon even more fun! Forms and any money collected are due back by Friday, April 26th. Please use the Read-A-Thon packet envelope to return your child’s sponsorship form and minutes recording form along with any money collected so that your child will be eligible for the prize drawings to reward our hard-working readers. Sponsors can also pay online through the Damascus Elementary School website.

Prizes, Prizes and More Prizes!

There are lots of prizes students can earn for participating in the Read-A-Thon, whether he/she raises money or not. There will be drawings every day to reward our hardworking readers, prizes for the top readers and fundraisers in every class as well as incentives for the whole school if we reach our minutes read goals. See the overview of prizes for more information.

Thank you so very much for your support.  Please feel free to contact Laurie Murtaugh (  if you have any questions about this fundraiser.

Download the Read-A-Thon Packet