Morrisville Elementary PTA
The ENTIRE read-a-thon team was supportive and constantly available to help us with any questions or issues that came up during our read-a-thon. We look forward to holding our 3rd read-a-thon next year and utilizing the new 'reading adventure' themes!
Bess Campbell Elementary PTO
Campbell Elementary Loved the Read-A-Thon! The parents were happy, the teachers were happy and the students were able to focus on reading!
Garden Ridge Elementary
Read-A-Thon was an amazing experience. The students had so much fun and our students were so excited about reading! We surpassed our fundraiser goal and it was so easy! The program is so organized and carefully planned out. The read-a-thon team is available to answer every question along the way. We will definitely host another read-a-thon next year.
St. Mark Catholic School
This Read-a-Thon was a great fundraiser! It was easy to set up and run. The staff is friendly and helpful and the website is easy to use.
The only suggestion I have is please expand the reporting options. It would be nice to see who got the most donations or read the most by each day. Also when I see a kid's total I would like to be able to click on it and see the list of donations or minutes.
Overall this was a great experience and we will do it again. Thank you.
Bachrodt Charter Academy PTA
This was such an amazing fundraiser for our school! It was very easy to implement and the students and families were excited to participate. It would have been helpful for us to do more education for our school community prior to the start of the Read-A-Thon to get more families to participate in the fundraising aspect - this was the first time we had done an on-line fundraiser. All of the materials that were provided were very helpful and professionally done. I also got amazing support from Kari. We will definitely do this again next year! Thank you!!
Ashland Ranch Elementary School
I love that this program is online and that we don't have to handle the money. I really like that it can connect directly to social media. I think that it worked really well for those families that took advantage of this feature.
This was the second Read-a-Thon for our school and the results were impressive.
It is an amazing fundraiser that lines up with our school’s core values by empowering each one of the participants and turning them into leaders of their own fundraisers. By being in charge of their personal pages, our students are learning important skills from using technology, to fundraising, working as a team and let’s not forget the most important one: they are reading!
The tools for promoting the fundraiser are really helpful and easy to use. Read-a-Thon is a great fundraiser for any school.
Parent Teacher Enrichment Group for Pinellas Prep
We LOVED this fundraiser! After one bad experience after another with the traditional fundraisers. We decided to try Read-a-thon. What a true pleasure it was from start to finish. The parents, teachers and even the students loved it. It was our best school wide fundraiser to date and raised nearly $20,000.00. We will never go back to the traditional fundraiser again!
Mountain View Elementary School - PTO
Read a thon went well. A little slower than last year, but still happy with our results. Only question is - would it be possible to get the business flyers sent out to us next time earlier than the other flyers? Our school is always behind on getting us the class lists, which pushes our timeline to solicit businesses back. Just a thought.
Thank you again for helping us with a successful fundraiser!
Peter Cooper PTO
I am in awe of this fundraiser! This was by far the best and most successful fundraiser our school has ever participated in. It was so unique and exciting to find a fundraiser that encouraged reading while raising money at the same time. It gave an opportunity for not just our PTO to raise money but the children and their families and friends to all come together for a great cause...our new playground! A big thank you to Kari Styne for being so accessible and helpful! We loved all the materials you sent! Everything is so well organized and easy to execute! Thank you!!!!
Peter Cooper PTO
We enjoyed this fundraiser and our students did too. Will definitely do it again!
We loved it and will do it next year again
A simple and exciting fundraiser that highlights family literacy and the importance of daily reading habits!!! Very excited that this will fully fund our school's One School, One Book program!
Spring Creek Matanzas Charter
It was great for our first time. Has a great experience and I would do it again.
Rancho Gabriela Elementary School
We love how easy the read-a-thon is!!!! This is our second year using this company. Kari and Scott are amazing and so quick at responding. They helped me every time I had trouble.
Overall we're happy and will use you in the future. Thank you
JW Alvey Elementary School
We loved the Read-A-Thon. It was easy to setup up and run. The kids, parents and staff loved having a fundraiser that could be incorporated into the school day.
Lumberton Primary School PTO
We had a wonderful experience with Read-A-Thon and look forward to doing it again next year!
Piedmont Community Charter School
This fundraiser is the best one I have ever been involved in-from start to finish, it was motivating for our students to read even more than they already do-plus we had so many families, friends, and local businesses contribute each day that helped us achieve our goal to raise money for our new playground. We are super excited because we will now be able to start construction on our new playground because of Read-A-Thon! Thank you so much!
Los Paseos Elementary School
Read-a-Thon created an educational fundraiser for our school.
Everette L. DeGolyer Elementary
Overall, the read-a-thon was a great experience! The staff was super friendly and helpful. I do appreciate how easy it was to execute!
Donaldson Way PTA
Everything went really well. We made more than we thought, and although there were a few tiny hiccups, they were solved quick enough, and we learned more for next year.
Woodside Middle School
We love your company. Very easy to work with. You made running our Read-a-thon much easier and it was worth the fee!
Our Lady of Grace School
The Read-a-Thon was a great experience for our school. Parents, students, and teachers all loved the program. We coupled it with our Book Fair and made October a reading awareness month. As the administrator it was very easy to use and set-up. Our school exceeded what we anticipated we would earn! Easiest fundraiser I have ever done!
Parkview Elementary- Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
Loved it! Will definitely do it again! Was the best and easiest fundraiser ever!
This was our first Read-a-Thon and it was such a success! It was so easy and fun! Our kids loved it and we were able to raise more for our school than we have in the past with "traditional" fundraisers! Win-win!
Sunset Primary PTA
Warren Elementary PTO
Another successful Read-a-Thon. Read-a-Thon is easy to conduct and well supported by parents.
Dora Small School
We have been thrilled with both the amount of minutes our students read during the read a thon
Evergreen Mill Elementary School PTA
Great fundraiser!!! Read-A-Thon staff were very responsive and helpful.
Walnut Heights Elementary
Our PTA loves that the Read A Thon fundraiser helps to foster our student's love of reading. We also love how painless of a fundraiser it is for our busy volunteers and how supportive the staff at Read A Thon are when we have questions or issues!
Cora Spencer Elementary PTA
As always, the read a thon was a great success for our school. I did have one parent with a suggestion that there not be a $15 minimum, based upon if a family has more than one child in that school, it is hard to get people to donate $15 to each child.
Service was great
Note from RAT:We wish we could lower the minimum but that would force us to reduce your profit percentage based on the transaction costs for smaller donation amounts.
Rescue Elementary School
This was the most successful fundraiser our elementary school has ever had!
Rescue Elementary School
This was the most successful fundraiser our elementary school has ever had!
This was such a wonderful experience for our campus! Our parents were impressed with our students' dedication to reading during this block of time and were gracious with their monetary support. This is definitely a fundraiser we would consider in the future.
This experience as fantastic! The read-a-thon staff was very helpful and quick to respond to any questions at all stages of the event! Being our first year using this fundraiser, we learned a lot and plan on doing this again. It was so easy!
Our read-a-thon went really well and most people found this online tool very helpful. It was hassle-free in terms of not collecting any money or counting minutes by hand. It was kid friendly.
Here are a couple ways to improve the experience:
1) Provide prizes for reading - Kids were disappointed to not see any visual motivation for reading, similar to those for receiving donations. It would have been so great to have prizes for their reading minutes. The purpose of our Read-a-Thon was to motivate reading at our school. And, so it would have been beneficial to give kids prizes for reading.
2) Some kids accidentally pressed the "10 minute", "20 minute," or "30 minute", timer for their reading session. There isn't a way to go back and undo it. Or, the child is not asked "Are you sure?" So there was some skewed minutes.
3) We raised over $12, 000 but our school only receives about $9500. It's sad to see $2500 go towards prizes and back to your company. It would be better for us to get more of a percentage back, instead of just 85%.
I will probably plan on participating on another Read-a-Thon again, but really wish some of the items above are changed.
Note From RAT: Thanks for the testimonial. Great suggestion with prizes for reading. We can't afford to give those prizes but many schools offer freebies like a movie pass, pajama day, etc, for reading goals.
Love your suggestion about the timer. We are adding an edit reading minutes option.
We do offer a no prize model that increases the cash you receive by 5%. You might consider that next time.
Greenbriar West Elementary PTA
For our first time doing a Read-A-Thon I think we did great. The children had fun reading and it was definitely fun watching the donations come in each day. Hopefully we will do this again in the future and do it even bigger and better. It was a fun experience for everyone. I would suggest plastic wristband for the students, as they are more durable and they can wear them for a longer time to advertise the read-a-thon and in turn get more sponsors. The Read-A-Thon Adventure is a very good idea for a fundraiser.
What a great way to encourage our children to read. Thank you for making it so easy.
We loved how all the prep work was done for us and how easy this was to raise funds for our school. This was a great way to promote the joy of reading while raising funds for our school.
Oglethorpe Point Elementary School PTA
Our Read-A-Thon was great! The kids loved it and the teachers loved it! The only hiccup we had were teachers handing out the flyers to the wrong students! After getting that straight it was smooth sailing...
Kyrene de los Lagos Elementary School
Thank you Read-A-Thon! This is such a fun and important fundraiser for our school! Parents love this Read-A-Thon because they don't have to sell products, and it instills the love of reading. Students enjoy reaching their goal and Dreaming Gig!
Lagos Elementary School
Springboro Intermediate PTO
We were honestly blown away by how well this Read A Thon went for our school! Not only was the entire process fun and easy for our students, teachers, and parents, but the staff at the fundraising company was incredibly responsive to every one of our questions, requests, and suggestions regarding the website and the data. Thank you for an amazingly painless fundraising experience all around!
Frankford Township School
This was an amazing fundraiser. I had so many questions that were quickly and thoroughly answered by Kari Styne! Thank you so much. I look forward to doing this again.
Main Street School and Kindergarten Center
This Read-a-Thon was so much fun and turned out better than we had ever expected! What a great way to raise money - by reading!!! We will definitely be doing this again!
Helke Elementary School
The Read-a-Thon continues to be our best fundraiser - 3 years in a row! We can't wait to see how well we can do next year.
The Hansen Family
We have been thrilled with our Read-a-Thon experience. The process from beginning to end has been very smooth. I have already recommended your company to friends in other school districts.
Thanks for a great experience!
We like the new web design. Easy to access and know what we are looking for. Had complaints from parents regarding minimum amount to donate. Administrators really enjoy that everything is done on the website, though.
We did amazing for a small military school. Everyone should take advantage of doing a read-a-thon. It was simple and effective.
Village Elementary Parents Club
We were very pleased with the ease of doing this kind of fundraiser and the results were amazing. We exceeded our goal so far by $500 and hope that some further donations come after the end date. Thank you for helping us encourage our students to read and helping make fund raising for our school fun.
International Leadership of Texas-NRH
Fundraising for books was such a great idea and great way to build up our school library. I believe people are willing to give more knowing it's going toward their child's education. I fell short of my goal for the classroom guided reading books we need, so plan on doing another one this spring.
We picked this fundraiser for two reasons. We wanted to encourage reading at our school and because this was easier than other fundraisers that we have tried. The ReadAThon company didn't take such a huge chunk of our profits and it was super easy to use. The work was done for us and all we had to do is promote it! Great fundraiser!
International Leadership of Texas, Keller
Such a great opportunity to help raise money for books! We love the Read-A-Thon!!!
Samuel L Gravely Elementary
We were able to come pretty close to our goal and are happy with the simplicity of the program. We will definitely have another Read - a - thon in a few years.
Henry P. Mohr PTA
Read-A-Thon was such a great, easy to run fundraiser for our school. Our PTA wasn't sure how it would turn out and we guessed very low on our budget for this event. WE were surprised that we made over 5K more than we anticipated! Thank you for the quick turn around on paperwork, for all of the support setting it up. Our teachers were pleased with the simplicity of how it ran.
We will spread the word to other schools in our district about this easy to run fundraiser and we will gladly use it again in the future.
Thank you again,
Henry P Mohr PTA
Jefferson Elementary School PTA
I think the read-a-thon was a great fundraiser. The only suggestion that I have is to note on the flyers that cash donations can be sent to the school as it was difficult relaying the message to our parents.
Copper Creek Elementary
This fundraiser was very simple to run and put on. We made good money for our beginning of the year kick off. but decided for next year we will wait til spring to do as a final kick off to the school year and it will help us have more time to promote the event.
Mays Chapel PTO
This was aMAYSing for Mays Chapel!
Super easy to use and the kids loved it. Thanks for a great experience.
MHSA Playground Fundraiser
We just received our last payment from Read A Thon. We wanted to wait to leave this testimonial until we had finished the entire process. We had a wonderful experience throughout the entire set up, management, and close out. Any technical issues we had where taken care of quickly. We have run many fundraisers and this was by far one of the easiest! And the students really enjoyed participating. We would definitely do this again in the future.
We couldn't be more pleased with the Read-a-thon! The students were excited about reading and sharing their love of reading with others. The dashboard made the experience of monitoring the progress painless and we made more money than anyone thought possible given our demographics.
Union Elementary PTO
Had a great experience, the only downside was the material that went home with the students needed more information about the event on it.
Franklin Monroe Elementary
The Read-A-Thon was a great way to raise money and support education at the same time.
Harrison Intermediate School
I loved using your Read-a-thon. It was just great that all the tracking was done and so easy to keep up with the status of our event. One problem I had was with the Cash Donations tab. When I tried to submit payment the transaction did not go through. I would either get no message, just a blank screen, or a message saying my bank card had expired, which it had not. Both, Scott in your tech support group and Kari Styne were very proactive in helping me process the transactions. Your support materials are excellent, as well as your customer support.
Parkway Elementary School
Our first Read-A-Thon was a great success! A fundraiser that encouraged the joy of reading while raising money for new technology in our school!
We were extremely pleased with this fundraiser and look forward to doing it again in the future. Our students came each day ready to read or have the teacher read to them. We also had community leaders come into our PK-3rd grade classes and read to them each day at 2:00 for three days.
Our entire community got behind this fundraiser and we loved it!
Swans Creek Elementary
This was an easy fun way to make money. Our parents always say..."I would rather just write a check than buy something I don't want!"... this was a chance to do that while promoting reading! Double win! Angela Roth Swans Creek Elementary President.
Reed Elementary PTA
The only comment was people wanted the option to donate less than $15 online..., but as the admin I'd say keep it the way it is!!! ;)
Thus far it has been a great experience. We would certainly do it again.
Lee F. Jackson PTA
We absolutely loved the ease of use of the website and the customer service support.
1) The free bracelets for the children really should be upgraded to plastic ones. The paper ones are too much of a hassle to put on the children.
2) There should be a place dedicated to showcase non-monetary sponsors. Not all companies support a Read-a-Thon with money and they should still be recognized. A smaller button with no link or a logo that appears in a different location would be ideal. A small fee can be paid for the activation if necessary.
United Way of Clark, Champaign and Madison Countie
What a great way to fundraise for your own school or a charitable organization! We wanted to raise money to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library which recently came to our community so decided to try this as our charitable fundraiser. It could not have been easier. I only had to upload staff and students and the rest was taken care of. Everything was super organized, no money to handle, no goods to distribute and kids were reading like crazy. We offered a small incentive for our top readers and fundraisers (throwing a pie in a staff members face) and talked it up on announcements each day. We raised almost $5,000 in just two weeks. Prizes came packaged by teacher and teachers said it was very easy from their standpoint as well. We plan to do a Read-a-Thon each year in conjunction with Read Across America week and donate the money to this great cause, improving literacy in our community.
Leetonia Elementary School
For our first time in such a small district I feel we did a great job, We should make 6,000.00. No other principal in this district has made this much money. We are in a very poor district in Columbiana County. I would love to do a Read-A-Thon again next year. It was very easy. One thing I would do differently is send out letters to businesses a lot sooner.
Thank you for all the help and support!
Eagle View Elem Pequot Lakes PTA
This is our 2nd read-a-thon with you and we love it! It's so easy and takes almost no volunteers to run.
United Children's Learning Academy
Read a thon was a great way for our school to raise money. The website and company was soo easy to use and I couldn't be happier about how it all turned out.
Brighter Horizons Academy
An easy and no fuss way of promoting reading and raising funds! We were pleasantly surprised by the amount the students raised in such a short period of time. We will definitely use Read-a-Thon again in the next school year to raise funds for our Library programs!Thank you!
H. Clarke Powers School
A little learning curve at the start as this was our first Read-A-Thon but overall, it was easy!
Middlesex Elementary School
We met our goal of $5000.00. For a first time project, we felt this was very successful. We will be doing this again.
Middlesex Elementary School
This was a great program and I think we did well for the 1st time. We will be trying again next year.
We absolutely loved having the Read-A-Thon! We got such positive feedback from the parents and teachers. My only suggestion would be with the teacher timer, if could have it make a noise when time is up that would be really helpful. Sometimes our teachers are just so busy that they forget to look at the timer and could have added more minutes to reading if they would have know the timer was up. We can't wait till our next Read-A-Thon!
University Park Elementary
I loved how easy it was to promote and manage! I am so impressed by the power that raising funds through the Internet, has given us. I was SOO happy every morning when I looked at the new results!
One way I would improve it is by giving parents an instructional sheet on how to start, how things will look differently on a phone than on the laptop when they look for sponsors, etc. Many of them use phones instead of a computer at home. Some of the families in Alaska do not have Internet at home, they only have cell service. How much percentage will go to the child for buying extra prizes, etc. That is something I had to take time to explain to students in a library lesson, which was fine, but I could not reach the parents to explain. Thank you!
Note from RAT: Thanks for the great suggestions and so glad you loved the program. We will discuss your suggestions at one of our upcoming meetings.
Arroyo Del Oso PTA
Our Read-A-Thon went better than we expected it would! We made over a thousand dollars more than we projected in our budget!! This program was very easy to use and our students enjoyed having their own web page. The kids took pride in their reading efforts and were motivated by earning Rat Bucks.
We earned the same amount of money we usually earn with a book fair, but without all the hassle. Love it!
I have been very pleased with your customer service. Replies to my emails are prompt and I am usually able to talk with someone on the phone when I call. <
The reporting features are awesome!
Community Problem Solvers
We loved hosting a Read a Thon!! Everything went very smooth.
Thank you so much for helping us raise money for a great cause.
Roots Public Charter School
Roots Public Charter School is delighted with the results of the read-a-thon. It was a magnet for engaging students to read and get sponsors. It also encouraged community businesses to support and advertise through this activity. We ran our read-a-thon for a month. Our small school of students (115 Pk3-5th grade)read a total of 7,890 leisure minutes for the month and we raised $5,060.
Each Monday, the students who created their read-a-thon pages, or recruited sponsors, and read leisurely were awarded lunch with the Principal. On the last day of the read-a-thon, those who had at least $50 from sponsors and read at least 100 minutes were awarded bowling with the Principal.
Roots plans to do a read-a-thon every November.
What a FANTASTIC and simple way to encourage reading and raise money!
Richard Gordon PTA
A great fundraiser - very easy, and who doesn't want their kids to read!
GLOBE Charter School
Thank you to all who helped with the first Read-A-Thon! The kids did a great job!
Mile High Academy
This fundraiser was AMAZING! It was super easy, and extremely successful! I never dreamed that we would raise over $3,000 for our small school in such a short time, with so little effort!
Our experience was incredible. The read-a-thon staff were very friendly, helpful, and prompt in their replies, particularly Kari!
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Day School of Whitestone
This is by far the most effective fundraiser bringing academia and fundraising togther! This is our second year participating and wehave made it an annual highlight.
West Melbourne Elementary School for Science
Read a Thon was a great success!! It was fabulous seeing the whole school drop everything and read. The fund raiser was easy to set up and a breeze to run! Thanks.
To start: We LOVE this method of fundraising! It is simple, easy to promote and definitely offers families and friends a feel good way to support our school.
For just 30 students, the fact that we were able to raise an average of over $150 per student is amazing. Much better than any other fundraiser we have looked at trying.
All in all, great fundraiser that went smoothly and we will use again!
Thank you. This was a very good experience.
Immaculate Conception Catholic School
Our Read-a-Thon went well. We were delighted with amount of money that was raised, without selling overpriced products! Reading sessions were held in class and readers and were intrigued with the program.
Beagle Elem PTO
Have more of a library of documents explaining it to parents, ways to increase donations and pledge sheets.
Have a person that supports the schools before and during the event, to help give ideas on how to make it successful.
Hilltop Home and School Association
We love the Read-a-Thon, very user friendly and great earning potential.
Auburn Hills Christian School
This was a great fundraiser for our whole school project: an aquaponic, organic vegetable garden!
We love having the Read-A-Thon each year! As a small, privately owned preschool it can be hard to raise any significant amount of money; the Read-A-Thon triples what we can raise using other typical fundraisers. Our families respond to the ease of this fundraiser and the fact that it is education based.
As the administrator I would like to be able to go into a specific teachers class from my dashboard and log minutes. Currently, I have to either log a session for the whole school or log in as that teacher. Not all of our teachers have an Ipad or other device in their room, so as the administrator it would be nice if that were easier to do from my page. Also, the teachers request that they see the messages left for their kids on their classroom page. Individual pages have the messages and our group page, but each classroom having their messages would be encouraging for the teachers.
Note from RAT: Great suggestions. I will bring them up in our next planning session and will probably implement them.
This was a great experience!
Pine Island Elementary
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this fundraiser! No selling!!! Enough said!!
I'm extremely pleased with the results of our first Read-A-Thon. Very user friendly platform and parents did a great job helping their children get sponsorship. Our Pre-K students read (or were read to) over 50,000 minutes in two weeks! I can't wait to do this again next year!
This is our first read-a-thon. We feel it's gone smoothly and we are happy with the results. Kari, our customer service rep, was amazing. She answered all of our questions quickly and efficiently. Our teachers have commented on how much they've enjoyed the read-a-thon and how motivating it has been for students.
Harmony Science Academy-Garland
I really like the easiness of the Read-A-Thon. It is practically set up for you. However, the only challenge I ran into which affected the money raised is getting our elementary parents to set up accounts/send out sponsor emails. So suggestions, such as possibly having parents send 5 or so emails to school with the child and we manually set up may be helpful.
St. Philip Neri Catholic School
We raised more money than I had thought possible while promoting reading with our students. I heard from several parents that they enjoyed this program, not only because it was so easy for them, but also because they loved that their kids were excited about reading.
Grand Avenue School is absolutely thrilled and amazed at the results of our first ever GRAND READ-A-THON! We couldn't have done it without you. All of our readers and donators should celebrate our successes. Teamwork is the key to success!
We really enjoyed the read-a-thon. The kids and staff seemed to be excited!
Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School
Our Read-A-Thon went great.Thanks to your team for being supportive and extremely helpful. We are looking forward to participating again.
Eagle Bay Elementary
Super easy to set up and administer. We will for sure hold another in the future!
South Arbor Academy
For our first time we raised over $3,700.00, this is amazing.
I look forward to hearing from teachers and students how we can improve for next year.
Cheryl Kinsler Greenough at South Arbor Academy
Casa de Oro Elementary PTA
Thank you so much for providing a fun and educational fundraiser! We love how easy to navigate the website was, and also the materials provided. We will definitely do this again!
Beech Springs Intermediate School
The Read-A-Thon was a great experience and unlike any other fundraiser our school has ever participated in. It was easy on the teachers, and the students loved being able to pick out their prizes in the prize store. It was also nice that each child got a prize just for setting up their reader page. We had a great turnout, and we will be participating in the program again next year!
Longwood Elementary School
With this being our first experience with our school. We feel like this was a huge success! We love how seamless your program is. The one thing that we wish you would bring back is the promo video with the mouse. We feel like it is more appealing.
Norman Rockwell PTA
Thank you, our first read-a-thon went really well! It was kind of an experiment so I was pleasantly surprised at how much we raised. Kari, especially, was super helpful--every time I called with questions or emailed, it was her who responded.
Again, thanks for everything!
Norman Rockwell Elementary
We loved the pre-printed documents and how easy it was for the teachers to add minutes and for the parents to share the link to family members and collected donations.
Deer Creek Elementary
We had a good first experience with Read-A-Thon. The most important thing was our students read over 62,000 minutes! Read-A-Thon has proven to be a great piece in our goal of building a culture of readers at Deer Creek. In the future, I would like to see a bank of instructional tutorials on using the site. For instance, a video of students spending their RAT Bucks, etc. The support has been great. We will definitely consider doing this again next year.
Gale Student Council
Easiest fundraiser I've ever done! Kids loved doing it!
Fantastic way for my PK and K students to raise money for projects!!
St. Anne School
This was our first time doing the Read A Thon. What an easy to navigate program. I could see so much information about the minutes read and the money raised. I received a lot of support from the company which made everything so much easier. We will definitely participate again!!
Saint Anne School
Fullerton Elementary PTA
So easy to use and so organized!!!
Silverdale Elementary School
Fantastic fundraiser with very little effort on our part!
This is an amazing fundraiser that always keeps our kids and parents engaged! Thank you!
Martin Walker Elementary PTA
I loved this program it was so easy to administer. I think the one thing I would work on for next year is to try to make it more competitive here on campus. We did not know what to expect so we didn't push it as hard as we could have.
We really enjoyed participating in the read-a-thon. It was so easy to do and everyone was extremely helpful with any questions we had.
Luther Jones Elementary School
This was the best and easiest fundraiser I have ever been involved in. The people at the Read-A-Thon customer service - helpdesk are amazing. Keri was my contact and every time I had a question she was always so nice and quick with a response. The kids loved it. the parents loved it and so did all the teachers.
Allen Avenue Elementary PTA
This was the easiest fundraiser we've hosted. It practically runs itself! The materials were sorted and ready for classroom distribution. I saved hours of volunteer time by running this read-a-thon.
PACT CHARTER SCHOOL
For our first time it went great! The easy of use was nice. Looking forward to next year and building it up more.
Went well, it was a great experience.
Woodall Public Schools
What a great fundraiser!!!!!
All in all we enjoyed our experience with read a thon. It would have been nice to get a few extra wrist bands because not all of our students got one even though they had a take home sheet. That was our only problem besides helping parents and community members understand what the read a thon was all about and being willing to invest in it.
McDonald Elementary School
Considering this was our first attempt at an online fundraiser AND the fact that we were hit by Hurricane Matthew and missed eight school days, we did surprisingly well. Kari Styne was extremely helpful and patient with ALL the questions I had. She always responded quickly and positively.
From the very beginning, this has been such an enjoyable and stress free experience. The printed personalized letters were very impressive and the donation pages the students created with their picture in the video was adorable. The report choices were so helpful in keeping our students informed on our progress during morning announcements. I would highly recommend this to anyone!
This was such a amazing fundraiser. It really got kids more interested in reading more!
Sidney Lanier Vanguard Orchestra
I loved how simple and easy this process was. It's a great idea and I really like the paperless aspect of it!
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this way. All of my materials came organized and personally addressed to each of my students. This was our first year hosting a Read-A-Thon, but this will definitely become something that we do annually!
Sonoran Science Academy-Broadway
Having the read-a-thon for an extended period was a big improvement in our donations. Thanks to all those who participated!
EAGLE College Prep 4th Grade
What an amazing and academic way to raise money for your class or school
Mt. Aetna Adventist School
Wow. The easiest and best read-a-thon ever. Thank you!
Middle Creek Elementary
The Read-A-Thon team Rocks!!!
It was great and easy! Thank you!
Sory Elementary Library
WE did not have an opportunity to have a Kick Off celebration, and then our staff meeting was cancelled. These two factors really got us off to a slow start. We will be trying again in the Spring.
Overall, a good experience with you.
San Fernando Valley Academy
The teachers felt it was a great way to raise money and we will definitely try to do it once per year. We just need to build up parental and student support.
Clear Lake Christian School
It was easy. Read-A-Thon Staff were helpful many times and fast to respond.
Rising Sun Montessori School
This is our first year doing a Read-a-Thon. We didn't do a lot of heavy promoting, mostly internal with our students. We only hung up the posters provided in the kit, did a few postings internally and on our Facebook page. Overall, this was the biggest fundraiser for our school, so we will continue to host Read-a-Thons hereafter and will increase the way we promote the event, getting our students more involved as well as the community.
Word of God Academy
I've been thrilled with the customer service experience I have had with RAT. I had a few small problems that I emailed about and they were solved almost instantly.
I LOVE the new option to do away with prize center, which allowed me to reward my students in more creative ways, and allowing us to use more of our money.
Overall the RAT is a fantastic experience for just about everyone involved!
It is a simple way to raise more money than any of my other efforts while focusing on what is really important- students reading!
Oak Ridge PTA
Thank you very much for you help kicking off our first Read-A-Thon! It was kind of a last minute decision for us and it still turned out well. We hope to have another one next year and maybe make it an annual event!
Thank you again!
Oak Ridge PTA
Fair Oaks Preschool
This was a very easy process!
Richford Elementary School
Very fun experience for the students and a great way to have a fundraiser and make it educational.
Fort White High School
We are very happy with our results. Our principal promised that if we met our goal, then he would dye his hair for a day.
The class that raised the most gets to pick the color. So, we are going to have a pizza party with our Top Readers and Top Raisers and dye his hair. We are going to pass out prizes at the party so it should be a great day.
Banyan Elementary PTA
This was our first Read-a-thon and it was great. Super easy to set up and manage. Some feedback that we got from parents was they wished for easier access to the students rather than having to go through the set up process every time. Other than that it was great and the kids are excited to go shopping.
Sand Ridge Elementary
Everything went well, very easy to set and everything that we needed was provided. Would definitely do it again next year
Norfolk Highlands Primary
I love how helpful the staff is. Every step, I had someone contacting me to make sure I had everything I needed. Great!
Forrest Elementary PTA
Our Read-a-thon went very well, despite our lack of full student body participation. We earned money rather quickly, and our students began benefiting immediately as well (earning Rat Bucks). We would suggest adding the option for individuals to submit a donation to sponsor a teacher's entire class (which would enable each student in the specified class to receive equal donation credit and earn Rat bucks) . We had a grandparent who desired to donate to a whole class, and it was very tedious and time consuming to search for each student's name then individually input equally divided cash amounts.
Sory Elementary Library
We LOVED the simplicity of this fundraiser! Thank you!
Our read-a-thon went well. It was a great way to jumpstart reading and fundraising at our school. We can't wait to host another one!
Zane North PTA
Thank you to the staff of Read-A-Thon! It was very easy to manage the website during this time and customer service was always nice, pleasant, and questions were always addressed in a timely manner. Thank you for all of your help! Also, the printing material looked fabulous!
I have been so very impressed with Read-A-Thon since I first contacted them about doing a fundraiser! How they handle everything takes so much off the organizers! I loved how they sent everything in labeled packages, with dates for handout, as well as how easy the website was to navigate. The families and staff were very supportive and made running it very fun and stress free. I will definitely plan another one for next year!
Little Tots Montessori
This was the EASIEST fundraiser I have ever personally been involved with. Not only is there very little work to do to promote it, but the families who did get involved actually came and participated by reading to their child's class.
Next time we will try to get more families involved though because not even half of our center families participated...imagine what we could do if at LEAST half of them did!!
Holy toledo!! So exciting!!!
Giberson 4th Grade!
I cannot believe we made as much money as we did! Thank you for the great opportunity!!!
Belle Plaine Elementary
Read-a-thon was a great experience for our school. The staff was very helpful. The website was easy to maneuver through. We will do read-a-thon again.
Naomi Pasemann Elementary
This was my first time running the read-a-thon and I had a few hiccups. I feel I learned a lot, but was disappointed in our total :/. I would love if the starter kit was an auto ship once all classes have been entered to ensure that it arrived before the start date. I didn't realize I needed to order it and did not receive it until the end of the week in our first week of the read-a-thon. Overall, I think the idea is great and hope next year will be better!
Classical Conversations Sacramento
Classical Conversations Sacramento
I thought the Read-a-thon went well. I loved the booklet that was sent out with the calendar of dates for when to begin things and send home the papers. Very organized. I would love to see a better kickoff video that appeals to both primary and intermediate grades.
Heritage Elementary Archery
This is an awesome fundraiser. Your process is so easy and guided. The customer service support is great as well. Everyone that we have dealt with have been great. Thank you for Read-A-Thon!
I must say, this has been the easiest fundraiser I have been associated with since I started here at Neblett Elementary.
Perdido Elementary/Middle School
This was a very "do-able" fundraiser that motivated our students to read to help our school raise money for our library - a definite "win-win" for any school librarian!!
Children's Synergistic Learning Collaborative
We enjoyed the read a thon for the second year in a row!
We were glad to have the option of no prizes this year.
Queen of All Saints
The students thoroughly enjoyed our first Read-A-Thon. We look forward to hosting another one next year.
Ben Franklin Elementary/Junior High
Our read-a-thon experience at Ben Franklin was fantastic. This is the second one that we have done and it was bigger and better than the last. Looking forward to the next one.
San Antonito Elementary School
I was very easy and the children loved it!
Aire Libre Elementary School
It was a great experience! We are looking forward to doing it again.
St. Bartholomew School
Our Read-A-Thon went very well for our first time. The students seemed to enjoy it. The only difficulty we had, was that some parents forgot about it after a while.
Ridge Christian Academy
We would love to do another Read-A-Thon. The support we received was awesome.
Messiah Lutheran Preschool
This was a seamless, wonderful experience! Very easy to set up and raise money. Extremely impressed with the process and will continue to do it for years to come for Messiah. Thank you!
This was our first attempt at running a Read-a-Thon. I think we did well. We need a little help in the area of explain to the parents how to set up their child's page.
Bethel Christian School
I thought this fundraiser was very user friendly! A very easy way for my library to raise funds. The prizes aren't the best but I can understand the need to not have expensive things so we can make the most as possible on the fundraiser.
Our Read-a-Thon was a success!!!! It was our first time holding a school-wide Read-a-Thon and the kids and staff had a great time and raised money for a great cause.
Craven Jaguars 8U
We love this fundraiser because it teaches our athletes that they are students first!
North Street Elementary
This Read-A-Thon went very well. Next year we hope to do much better and have more of our students and faculty participating. Thank you for all you do for those of us needing a way to raise funds!
I can't think of anything you can do to improve our experience but I have made a list of things I will do next time!
This is the 3rd year we have done the read-a-thon and the kids really enjoy it.
Sgt. Smith Middle School
This was incredibly easy to set up, but difficult to bolster support at our school. I think it would have been more helpful to have something informational (about the actual procedure of the reading sessions) to tell parents and staff. We struggled to get that set up and could have used some guidance.
I think this was a learning experience and could see doing it again (very differently) in the future.
St. Bartholomew School
Read-A-Thon has been a great way to get students excited about Reading! In a short time we were able to raise a good bit of money for our school. This has been a great program that will benefit our school!
This was a great fundraiser for my very small inclusive preschool! The Read-A-Thon staff were very helpful and easy to work with! Thank you all very much for your help in making this a very successful fundraiser for my school!
City View School
Your organization has been very professional, the materials that you provided are high quality. The staff was always friendly and helpful,any emails were answered quickly and efficiently.
North Ga. Homeschool Cooperative
Thank you for the platform to help us raise funds while engaging children in their reading adventures.
Live Oak Third Grade
Our first Read-A-Thon went well. We were able to raise $700. Next time we hope to increase our fundraiser by at least $1,000.
WPS 3rd Grade Eagles
This was such an AWESOME experience! We can't wait to do it again next year.
Such a great program. I only wish I worked at a school that had families that could donate more and are more comfortable with online opportunities. Thank you for everything.
Craven Jaguars 10U
The read-a-thon was great for the kids! I wish we got more participation but overall this was a great experience!
Central Middle School
This fundraiser was a win-win. It promoted reading at our school and challenged our kids. They had fun and earned great prizes. The work involved to run this program was minimal (which was optimal for us!), and I will definitely do it again. Thanks,
BGCY Learning Tree Daycare
Great Experience! Awesome Resources and very helpful staff.
P.S. 81 Thaddeus Stevens Read-A-Thon 2016
A Read-A-Thon is an exciting experience, the students were very excited to participate in it. Although we did not get the support we anticipated, I would definitely do it again in the near future. I believe that this is an excellent opportunity to help students to improve their reading skills. Thank you very much for the support and guidance I received during the Read-A-Thon.
Harleysville Learning Center
It was amazing and we will definitely do this again!
This was our first experience with a read a thon. We tried it as an encouragement for summer reading. In the future we will do it in the school year where teachers can remind students daily.
Manara STEM Academy
Went pretty well!
MISSIONARY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Very good program. We will for sure repeat it next year.
Wewahitchka 8th Grade
The children loved the time to read.
Little Tots Montessori
Our first read-a-thon went very well. This one however struggled and I think it was because the uncertainty of our program in June. We have just found out today there will be no more uncertainty. YAY! So we will try another read-a-thon in the fall. Thank you!
Torah Academy of Jacksonville
Even though we are a small school we did ok. Last year was a huge success. We conclude that we will hold a read-a-thon every other year.