PLEASE READ: If you need to download Reading Power instructions & forms, click on the links in the gray box. Check out the frequently asked questions section and there is a link to the Donation Page. Can’t find what you need? Email your Reading Power School Chair (contact information at the bottom of this page). 3,2,1 “Blast Off with Reading Power!”
Reading Power Timeline – 2015
- Jan 15th – Reading Power packets distributed to each student at school
- Jan 16th through Jan 30th – Reading Power
- Feb 6th – Reading Power packets (including reading logs and pledge forms) due
Instructions for 5th graders at RWSE: Because Redwood Shores Elementary 5th graders have Outdoor Ed from Jan 26-30, Reading Power for RWSE 5th grade students runs from Jan. 16 – Jan. 23/Jan. 31-Feb. 6. (No reading minutes will be counted for 5th graders from Saturday, January 23-Friday, January 30).
Did you know?
In 2014, Belmont-Redwood Shores students read over 2.3 million minutes and raised over $284,000 for School-Force!!! This amounts to a total of 4.4 YEARS read by Belmont-Redwood Shores students in a two week period. Money raised during Reading Power benefits ALL students in our school district by supporting librarians, reading specialists, class size reduction, music, and many other programs this year.
Reading Power FAQs
How does it work?
Reading Power packets (which include a reading log, pledge form and instruction flyer) will be distributed to each child at school on Thursday, January 15th. Reading Power starts on Friday, January 16th and runs through Friday, January 30th (note RWSE 5th graders are on a different schedule this year.) Students record the amount of time they spend reading each day during the campaign. (Kindergartners and 1st graders may log minutes read for books they have read themselves and/or books read to them on the reading log.) During the two week event, students are encouraged to ask friends, neighbors and extended family to make a pledge for their reading efforts. The Reading Power packets (reading logs, pledge forms and donations) are due a week after the event is over.
How should I ask friends and family to sponsor me?
To make it easier for you to reach out to friends and family, you can use the Sample Donation Letter. This template gives simple information about Reading Power as well as some simple instructions for online or check donations. Feel free to modify as you’d like!
How exactly does my child earn rockets and/or stars?
Parent/guardians should initial each line of your child’s reading log. Your child brings his or her reading log to school to claim paper rockets or stars. For every 100 minutes read, students earn one rocket or star to add to the display. Each school has different dates and times for distributing rockets and stars, so look for instructions from the Reading Power Chair at your school.
Are there prizes for participating?
Yes. The class with the highest participation at each school wins a party. The Top Class Reader and Top Fundraisers at each school also win a prize. Also, 1000-Minute Club members will earn a prize at an awards ceremony at the end of the campaign. Remember, to be considered a participant and to be eligible for any prizes, students must turn in a completed Reading Power packet by the deadline with at least one pledge.
What is the 1000 Minute Club?
Students who read 1,000 minutes or more during the Reading Power Read-A-Thon and turn in the Read Power packet on time with at least one donation make it into the 1000-Minute Club. 1000-Minute Club members will earn a prize at an awards ceremony at the end of the campaign.
How can our friends and family sponsor my child?
Sponsors can pledge either a flat amount or donate by number of minutes read by writing a check payable to “School-Force” or donating online (using a credit card or electronic check) at www.schoolforce.org/donate. Online donations are strongly encouraged, particularly using an electronic check or ACH which reduces the fees that are charged. Donors will receive a donation confirmation immediately when donating online.
Is a Reading Power donation different than my annual School-Force donation?
Yes. While we welcome all donations, School-Force encourages parents and students to use Reading Power as a way to ask grandparents, neighbors and extended family to make a pledge for the students’ reading efforts and help our schools financially. Many friends and family find this is the perfect way to encourage your child’s academic success and also show they care by supporting your child’s school. Parents and guardians should still make their suggested donation of $1500 per child (or as much as they can afford) during the School-Force Annual Giving Campaign.
How much does Reading Power raise for our schools?
Last year, Belmont-Redwood Shores students read over 2.3 million minutes and raised over $284,000 for School-Force! Those funds are helping to support class size reduction, libraries, music, reading specialists and many other programs this year.
For more information, contact your school’s Reading Power Chairperson or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Information for Reading Power Chairs
3,2,1 “Blast Off with Reading Power!”