Read-a-Thon 2015 is coming! Ready. Set. Read!

The annual Read-a-Thon is coming your way! This event encourages your child’s love of reading while raising vital funds for our school. West Portal families support important enrichment programs for our students, including outdoor science, library, and music (to name only a few). This is one of only 3 fundraising events that we have at West Portal. Your support and involvement is critical.

Last year, our students read a total of 202,589 minutes (over 3,376 hours, or 141 days), and raised a record amount of funds for West Portal School! Let's break the record this year!!


The Read-a-Thon runs November 12 – November 30. Students will receive their reading logs and instructions from their teachers in their Thursday folders on November 12, and they will have until November 30 to READ READ READ! 

How does it work?

Students record in a log the number of minutes they read or are read to during the Read-A-Thon period. Parents, friends, family and corporations make pledges that directly support West Portal school programs. All contributions are tax deductible and eligible for matching grants from participating companies.

We encourage all students to read, read, read, even if they don’t collect pledges.

Who participates?

All students, even those too young to read. Parents, grandparents, older siblings, and friends can read to small children and record the pages for them.

What kinds of materials count?

Students can read anything: novels, textbooks, journals, magazine articles, newspapers. Our goal is to get everyone reading!


Read-A-Thon fosters positive reading habits, promotes literacy and financially supports our school’s vital enrichment programs such as the library, the outdoor science classroom, music, technology, and so much more.


We'll have fun prizes for the top individuals and classrooms that read the most minutes and raise the most funds! Details about the prizes will be announced soon.

Special events? – Read-a-Palooza, Thursday, November 12, 6:00 pm, auditorium

Read-a-Palooza is the event that kicks off the Read-a-Thon! Formerly called Literacy Night, this is always a popular community event featuring word and reading games, craft stations, open house with our school literacy specialist, the Reading Corner where you can hear stories read aloud by West Portal teachers, and much more!. Dinner will be available for purchase. Students who attend will receive a bonus 120 reading minutes for their Read-a-Thon log!

See the blog post about Read-a-Palooza for more details. 

We all win by encouraging our children to read!

Return your reading logs, pledge sheets and donations to your teachers on Monday, November 30, 2015.

Want to help run the Read-a-Thon? 

Email the RaT Pack at