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BCE Read-a-thon

The Annual BCE Read-a-thon Journey Through a Book is Tuesday, January 21 through Friday, January 24.

It’s easy to get started - register on the minute tracker, then set up your child’s personal fundraising page by filling out the form below or clicking here.  If your donors prefer to use cash or checks please download this form and bring the donations to your child's school office by January 27th.  Then find some books and read!

A student can be sponsored in the Read-a-thon through their personal fundraising site (find their name on the Fundraisers tab), so that the students get prize drawing credit for your support.  Your donation helps us reach our Read-a-thon goal.

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. Then starting Tuesday, January 21 through Friday, January 24, read, read, read!! All sponsorship donations must be recorded by January 27 to be eligible for the grand prize drawing.


How do you track minutes?

An official minute tracker will be available by January 21. Use this tracker during reading days (January 21-24) 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 - from comics to classics and audio books to blogs - they are not being assessed, it’s all about reading for fun. Remember, students can read whatever they want: books, e-books, poetry, comics – anything goes!


I 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.


Are there prizes?

  • Grand Prize:  Every student that logs even 1 minute is entered into the grand prize drawing at their individual school for an iPad. Students will get an additional entry for creating and sharing their personal fundraising page as well as every $100 raised in their name.

  • School Library Book:  The top reader from each grade gets to pick a book to donate to their school library, compliments of the Burlingame Public Library

  • Elementary Schools

    • $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.

    • Extra Recess:  Every class with 100% participation will get to enjoy an extra recess!

  • BIS

    • Free Lunch: The top Advisory class in each grade with the highest participation rate at the end of the Read-a-thon will enjoy free lunch on Wednesday, January 29, from Maverick Jacks, Bonne Sante and Rise. Special thanks to Maverick Jacks and Bonne Sante for their generous donation.

    • $10 Gift Cards: There will be a daily random drawing on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for 5 - $10 gift cards. All students who log in minutes are eligible.

  • Teacher Prize: $20 Amazon Gift Card: 2 gift cards per school will be given to teachers with 100% classroom (Advisory for BIS) participation.

Where can I get more information?

Reach out to Manisha Loonawat at readathon@bcefoundation.org with any questions.

Special thanks to our sponsors

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(650) 766-8969

P.O. Box 117730

Burlingame, CA 94011-7730


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