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Great Preschool Fundraiser

When we first started to design our Readathon program we considered elementary school students to be the perfect demographic. But since launching the site we have heard from so many preschools that have loved the idea of holding Readathons that we wanted to spend a little time sharing their feedback so that you can hear why Read-a-thons are great preschool fundraisers.

Our Latest Preschool Fundraising Testimonial

From Natures Corner Preschool

This is the 2nd year our preschool has used Read-a-thon as our fall fundraiser. 

I like the way the program is set up and everything is done for us. Of course my program doesn't have the number of children as a public school so it is hard to raise tons of money but whatever raised always helps out our program. 

I will use the program again next fall.

But Wait, Most Preschoolers Can't Read

So many people presume that just because a child can't read that a read-a-thon is out of the question. But it's not. In fact, one of the most attractive reasons preschoolers can raise lots of money with our program is that these kids are just beginning to learn to read and that's a skill people are willing to support.

Instead of having preschoolers read themselves administrators set up reading sessions where they or their teachers read to the students. The kids participate by listening and hearing an adult read. For two weeks the preschool's primary focus is on reading.

During the event parents of the preschoolers use our tools to tell friends and family about the readathon and how excited their child is to participate. The communications ask people to support the student's participation by donating a small amount of money for each reading session the child sits it on.

People Want Preschoolers Reading

The response rate for readers has been very strong. Family and friends that are willing to support an older student's reading session are at least equally compelled to support a younger student who shows an interest in a reading event. In fact there was no noticeable drop off on conversion rates for donation requests between elementary and preschool campaigns.

We actually get more comments from grandparents and aunts and uncles when they find out their preschooler is participating in a Read-a-thon sharing how proud they are about the reading project. Almost universally they all say how important learning to read well is at that age.

So, if your preschool needs to raise money, we challenge you to consider a readathon as opposed to a product fundraiser. Is there any reason you believe people will be happier supporting a cookie dough sale or a gift catalog sale rather than supporting a reading event?

The fact of the matter is product fundraising has been on the decline for more years than I'd like to admit. The products are simply getting old and too expensive. Candy and cookie dough products have shrunk so much and gone up in price to the point that they are becoming virtually obsolete.

Readathons are not new. Our program has turned an old concept into a modern, state of the art fundraising system with the most up to the minute tools so that preschools can raise more money with this fundraiser than any they had ever done.

Here's the basics of how preschool readathons work:

Each one of your students will listen to 10 different 30 minute reading sessions.You track reading sessions online using our fun reading timer.

Leading up to your read-a-thon we guide your readers and their families through suggested sponsor lists and give them the tools to contact family, friends, neighbors and more through social media, email and printed materials. We offer incentives for every sponsor they get to insure the highest participation and donation rates.

All during your read-a-thon we are in contact with you and your readers telling you exactly what you should be doing to insure the best results. You will see up to the minute reporting to help manage and maximize performance. We also collect all donations online so your students never handle money and you don't have to manually create reports.

There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best preschool fundraiser anywhere!!

Here are some great resources to learn more about whether a Read-a-thon makes sense for your preschool:

See how much money your preschool can raise with our Read-a-thon calculator: Click Here

Get the answers to your basic questions in our Read-a-thon FAQ section: Click Here

Get a brief explanation of how our Read-a-thon system works: Click Here

Check out a sample prize store: Click Here