Now in its second year, the ’s (CEEF) Great Schools Summer Read-a-Thon is off and running, inspiring young readers to crack open a book or two during their summer vacations.
The event, open to K-8 students, asks readers to gather sponsorships for either the number of books read, the number of hours read or a full sponsorship for participation, according to Minh Ngo, executive director of CEEF.
All proceeds go to CUSD schools and can be spent by them however they like.
“We provide the schools with the flexibility to decide where to best direct the funds,” Ngo said.
Last summer, more than 200 students in grades K-8 participated from all 25 CUSD schools, logging over 1,000 hours of summer reading, she added. The figure raised was impressive, too.
"Last year, the event raised $5,000," Ngo said. "Our goal this year is to once again raise $5,000 to $7,500."
The Read-a-Thon, Ngo explained, came about thanks to CEEF's response to parents asking for more activities to engage Cupertino families.
Students interested in participating can sign up through CEEF’s website. Reading lists are provided by the organization based off of books available at area libraries.
All CUSD student participants with $10 in sponsorships will receive a free Pizza Party coupon and the chance to win a party at the establishment. One student per grade will also be entered to win other prizes.
Sponsorship payments can be made online or via mail. Donations must be turned in by August 31 to qualify students for raffle prizes.
For more information on the Great Schools Summer Read-a-Thon, email Victoria Chang at firstname.lastname@example.org.