BHB Reader Todd Glass sends in this guest blog about PS 8's Read-a-thon and their search for sponsors:
The PS 8 Read-a-thon is seeking help from local residents to sponsor students who want to participate, but aren't able to find sponsors of their own. The Read-a-thon is in its second year, and is the only fundraising activity at the school that involves students directly. Students track the number of minutes they read outside the classroom and seek sponsors who contribute between 3 to 5 cents per minute. Last year the school raised close to $12,000 with only 10% of the students participating. This year, to increase participation, reading sessions have been set up before and after school where older students read on their own and volunteers read to the Pre-K through 1st graders.
To date, halfway through the Read-a-thon, students have read over 140,000 minutes, topping last year's final total of 69,000 minutes. The Brooklyn Heights Association has already helped find some additional sponsors, however there are still a number of students who are reading, but cannot find a sponsor.
If you would like to sponsor a student or just contribute to the effort,you can write a check to the PTA of PS 8 and they will arrange for the money to be tallied towards a student's total. Contributions are tax deductible and can be sent to:
PTA of PS 8
37 Hicks Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The Read-a-thon began on October 18 and runs through November 15th.
To read more about the Read-a-thon and see the students in action, visit PS8pta.org.