Read-a-thon, Journey Through a Book, runs from Monday, January 25 through Friday, January 29, 2021!
The BCE Read-a-thon promotes literacy and a lifelong love of reading while raising much-needed funds for our Burlingame public schools. Students read and log their minutes to win prizes while their parents, friends, and family show their support with a sponsoring donation of any amount. Your BCE Read-a-thon contribution will help the District, which is facing unfortunate budget cuts, preserve and retain as many enriching programs as possible, so please give as generously as you can.
Have your child create a personal fundraising page and set a goal
Starting on January 25, go to the minute tracker, register and enter minutes read
January 25 - January 29: Read! Read! Read!
Choose books that your children love - from comics to classics and poetry to blogs - they are not being assessed, it's all about reading for fun, building a love of reading, and supporting Burlingame schools.
Last day to enter minutes into the minute tracker
Through January 31: Last Day to Make a Donation.
Encourage your friends and family to contribute online and help meet your fundraising goal. All contributions are tax-deductible and will be counted as part of your annual contribution to BCE.
Yes, there are Prizes!
Grand Prize: Every student that logs even 1 minute is entered into the grand prize drawing at their individual school for a brand new iPad. Students will get an additional entry for creating and sharing their personal fundraising page as well as every $150 raised in their name.
$10 Amazon Gift Card: Every student that logs in minutes ALL four days will be entered into a random classroom drawing for a gift card.
School Library Book: The top reader in every grade gets to pick a book to donate to their school library.
Grand Prize: Every BIS student that logs even 1 minute is entered into the grand prize drawing for a brand new iPad. Students will get an additional entry for creating and sharing their personal fundraising page as well as every $150 raised in their name.
Daily Gift Card Winners: Multiple winners will be announced each morning during the Read-a-thon week! Gift cards for Salt & Straw, Starbucks, and more. Every BIS student who logs in minutes of reading qualifies.
Class Prizes: The Humanities class in each grade with the highest participation rate at the end of the Read-a-thon will receive Boba Guys gift cards.
School Library Book: The student who records the most minutes reading in each grade gets to pick a book to donate to the BIS library.
$20 Amazon Gift Card: 2 gift cards per school will be given to teachers with 100% classroom participation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the BCE Read-a-thon?
The BCE Read-a-thon is similar in concept to a walk-a-thon, but instead of exercising their bodies by tracking how much they walk, our students will be exercising their brains by tracking how much they read. This fundraiser for our schools involves no selling of products, only donations from friends and family to support the sponsored child’s efforts.
Why a Read-a-thon?
The annual Read-a-thon is our way of supporting the BCE annual grant to the Burlingame School District by generating 100% profit through collection of sponsorships. Successful fundraising events and donations help BCE provide the school district with the financial resources to create a rich and inspiring education for our children beyond what is possible with public funds.
How does the Read-a-thon work?
Create your child’s personal fundraising page and send emails to family and friends to obtain sponsors. Starting Monday, January 25 through Friday, January 29, read, read, read!! All contributions must be recorded by January 31st to be eligible for the grand prize drawing.
How do you track minutes?
The official minute tracker will be available by January 25. Use this tracker during reading days (January 25-29) to keep track of the minutes your child reads. Parents may read to children in grades PreK-2nd. Everything your child reads outside of the classroom counts!
What counts as reading?
Students can choose whatever they want to read. They can read books, e-books, poetry, comics, magazines – anything goes! They are not being assessed, it’s all about reading for fun, building a love of reading, and supporting Burlingame schools.
Don’t know what to read?
Ask friends for their favorite book titles, do a web search on recommended books for your grade level, or check out Storyline Online, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, streaming videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
All proceeds from the 2021 BCE Read-a-thon go to BCE to help provide the education our kids deserve.
Special thanks to our Sponsors
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Burlingame, CA 94011-7730
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