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Reading Power
The School-Force Reading Power Read-A-Thon is a fun two-week event that encourages the love of reading and raises money for our schools. Students log the amount of time they read and collect pledges from friends and extended family to raise money for School-Force, the Belmont-Redwood Shores Public Schools Foundation. January 16-30, 2015
Belmont-Redwood Shores Schools

We are getting ready this fall for a fun 12th Annual Reading Power. 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. Interested in volunteering for Reading Power? We need your help! Please contact School-Force’s volunteer coordinator or the School-Force chair at your school. Reading Power is a fun way to get involved and you can volunteer a bit of your time either during school or at night. What’s needed? Reading Power planning team members, data entry folks, and parents to come at recess to check reading logs and hang rockets.

Reading Power FAQs

What is Reading Power?
School-Force’s Reading Power Read-A-Thon is a fun two-week campaign that encourages the love of reading and directly involves all students in the District in fundraising for our schools. Students log the amount of time they read and collect pledges from friends and extended family to raise money for School-Force, the Belmont-Redwood Shores Public Schools Foundation.When is Reading Power?
The 12th Annual Reading Power Read-A-Thon will run from January 16 to 30, 2015 How does it work?
The Read-A-Thon Packet which includes reading log, pledge form and instruction flyer will be distributed the day of the event. Students record the amount of time they spend reading each day during the campaign. (Kindergarteners and first graders can count the amount of time they are read to in their totals.) 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 readingpowerchair@schoolforce.org.

3,2,1 “Blast Off with Reading Power!”