Read-A-Thon 2022

Read-A-Thon 2022

Theme: Read Around the World

March 21 - April 3

RAT22 Hype Video - FInal.mp4

How does it work?

Jose Antonio Vargas' Read-A-Thon is a two-week event that aims to increase students’ interest in reading through fun literacy-focused events, while raising money for important PTA-sponsored programs. Our goal is to read a total of 275,000 minutes and raise $25,000 to fund 50% of next year's PTA budget, which will be used to fund vital programs for Vargas students and teachers, such as teacher classroom supplies, field trips, school assemblies, community events, after-school enrichment classes and more. We’re challenging all Vargas students to read a certain number of minutes a day and have friends, family and community members sponsor all of our readers.

Visit the Read-A-Thon Events Page to see some of the fun events we have coming up. There’ll be author visits and local community readers visiting our students, fun activities, and a chance to win prizes. Be on the look-out for fun-themed activities and let’s read, read, read!

How to participate in the Read-A-Thon

  1. First, activate your student’s fundraising page:

To customize your student’s page, include your e-mail address for additional access (this is optional). Students will receive a Scrabble tile keychain for activating their pages.

  1. Then spread the word! Share your student’s page with your family and friends! Supporters can make a one-time donation, or pledge per minute read.

Supporters can make donations and pledges at 99Pledges:

  • For additional details on 99pledges website (including a video demonstration) and collecting pledges, visit the Fundraising page

  1. Read, read, read!

  2. Track your minutes read at home. Submit how many minutes read each day:

  • Here's the impact of pledges: If one student reads 30 minutes per day with pledges totaling just $0.20/minute, they will raise $84. If every student raises this amount, we can fully fund our PTA student enrichment and community engagement budget! This includes classroom enrichment, student assemblies, after school activities, and community events like ice cream socials and movie nights!

  • For additional details on tracking/logging minutes, visit the Minutes Tracking & Rewards page

  1. Students will have an opportunity to earn prizes individually and for their classroom, based on minutes read and pledges collected. They also have an opportunity to win raffle prizes based on participation. See Minutes Tracking & Rewards page for more info.

Note: Jose Antonio Vargas PTA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, Federal Tax ID # 90-1257353. Your donation is tax-deductible and may be eligible for corporate matching.

What counts as minutes for the Read-a-thon?

Any reading activity will count including:

Reading a book alone

Being read to

Reading together with your adults or siblings

Any reading done in class

Visit the Virtual Storytime page to check out all members of your own Golden Owl community reading and earn minutes.

Are there prizes for participating in the Read-a-thon?

Yes! There will be prizes for:

  • Anybody who participates

  • Anybody who meets reading goals per grade

  • Top readers in each class and top classes

  • Raffle prizes

  • if the entire school meets the school goal of 275,000 minutes!

See Goals and Rewards page for more details!


Email: Sandy Wen or Kimberly Cheng at

Check out our Read-A-Thon Kit (in English and Spanish)