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.
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!
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!
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!
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
Evergreen Mill Elementary School PTA
Great fundraiser!!! Read-A-Thon staff were very responsive and helpful.
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.
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...
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.
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. The only suggestion I would offer would be to give the students the opportunity to choose to "donate" their RAT bucks back to the cause. Thanks for a great experience!
We did amazing for a small military school. Everyone should take advantage of doing a read-a-thon. It was simple and effective.
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.
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.
Franklin Monroe Elementary
The Read-A-Thon was a great way to raise money and support education at the same time.
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!
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!!! ;)
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.
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.
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.
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.
GLOBE Charter School
Thank you to all who helped with the first Read-A-Thon! The kids did a great job!
Thank you. This was a very good experience.
Hilltop Home and School Association
We love the Read-a-Thon, very user friendly and great earning potential.
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.
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.
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.
Fantastic way for my PK and K students to raise money for projects!!
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.
Went well, it was a great experience.
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!
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
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.
Clear Lake Christian School
It was easy. Read-A-Thon Staff were helpful many times and fast to respond.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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.
Craven Jaguars 8U
We love this fundraiser because it teaches our athletes that they are students first!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.