Greenfield Elementary School


Read-a-Thon Rules



Our annual school wide Read-a-Thon starts on Monday, October 17th!  This two week event encourages and rewards our students for reading, while raising monies for books, classroom supplies, and field trips for each class. 


What’s a Read-a-Thon?


For two weeks, students will track their daily reading time and gather sponsorship promises from willing friends and family. At the end of the two weeks they will gather the promised funds and bring them to school.

We will also have a Family Reading Night on Friday, October 28th to further celebrate and encourage reading; we hope that you can join us at the school for this fun family event!

What will we do with the money?

All monies raised will stay with the individual class, forming a budget that can be used for books, supplies, field trips, and other classroom needs.

Additionally, every class with full reading participation will receive a $50 gift certificate to Toadstool Bookshop, made possible by a very special donation from Toadstool.  To earn this wonderful prize, the class needs to have every student read within the two week Read-a-Thon period.


Enough description – how does it work?

The read-a-thon is for all grades – from Kindergarten through 4th.  This packet contains a sponsor form and a daily reading recording sheet and extra sheets may be downloaded at the bottom of this page.  Students will create a reading goal, sign up sponsors, and of course READ! 

Students should start reading and recording minutes on Monday, October 13th:

  1. Reading before, during, and after school DOES count!
  2. Reading under your desk while your teacher is talking does NOT count!
  3. Reading aloud to someone else DOES count! If you read aloud to someone who is also participating in the Read-a-Thon it counts for BOTH of you!
  4. Reading aloud to the cat, dog, or other pet, DOES count! (They won’t get reading credit – but it counts!)
  5. Being read to by other people or using recorded books DOES count as long as you follow along!
  6. Reading on a train, with a fox, in the rain, or on a box DOES count!
  7. Reading under the covers with a flashlight DOES count! (be sure to have permission!)
  8. Reading assigned homework DOES count!
  9. Reading instead of playing video games DOES count!
  10. Reading anything, in any language ( even cereal boxes) DOES count!


Please remember that CHARACTER COUNTS—be honest with your minutes so that it will be fair and fun for everyone and remember that a parent needs to sign your Reading Log.


The last day of the Read-a-Thon is Friday, October 28th, please be sure to return your reading log, your sponsorship form, and your collected money to school by Friday, October 31st.