How It Works

On January 29, 2020, Neil Cummins students will celebrate reading by working together to read for over 175,000 minutes. Starting January 8, students will be asked to seek pledges from family, friends, neighbors and anyone else they want, in support of their reading. Our goal is to raise $65,000 for Neil Cummins. Each child will read for approximately 300 minutes and parent volunteers will be in the classrooms throughout the day to support our readers through reading activities. This is the primary fundraiser for the Neil Cummins PTO and our goal is 100% pledge participation. Students will have the opportunity to win prizes for their classrooms and we encourage children to work hard to get as many pledges as possible to support our school.

Students are encouraged to bring books from home, the school library or the public library! Help your child build a bag of books. Visit the library and stock up on just the right books that will keep your child engaged throughout the day.  There are many recommendations available to you if you are struggling to build a book bag!

The Readathon will continue its green initiative with the online donation site, 99pledges. This streamlines the collection process and helps students reach a broader audience, without having to keep track of or handle money.  You will receive a custom link to your child’s web page which you can share with family and friends to request donations.

Tip 1: Help your student make a short video to explain the Readathon and to ask for support. Something short and sweet that you can quickly send via email or social media.

Tip 2: You can use this copy for the email / text / social post to make it easier.

[Your student(s) first name] is participating in a Readathon and has a goal of reading for 300 minutes (5 hours) in one day, January 29, to raise money for [her/his] school.  This fundraiser will help fund the school library, reading resources, playground equipment, better teacher resources/education and much more. If you would like to donate, please visit our fundraising page: [insert URL(s) for student’s page].

If your child does not have computer access or prefers to personally solicit donations, they will still have the traditional envelope option. Pledge sheets will be sent home with every Neil Cummins family. Additional pledge sheets and envelopes will be available at the school office. You can download the pledge sheet here. Please note that students must submit their envelope donations by February 28, 2020 to be counted online toward their class’s totals. Completed envelopes should be placed in the donation box in the school office.