Read-A-Thon Recap

February 15, 2024

This year’s Read-A-Thon was a huge success across all three divisions—raising money for good causes while building community and getting everybody reading!

Kicking off with Wacky Hat Day and wrapping up with Pajama Day, the lower school raised $547 for No Kid Hungry, which works to feed hungry kids and end childhood hunger in America. The teachers and students exceeded their ambitious collective goal of reading 50,000 minutes, earning the students a No Homework Night. (You should have heard the cheer throughout the building when Franziska made the announcement!)

The middle school broke its own Read-A-Thon record by raising nearly $5,000, which will be split evenly among the Southern Poverty Law Center, National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and the North Shore Animal League. Two giant ‘trees’ decorated the stairwell at Summit Street, with students adding colorful leaves for each book they read.

The upper school had a Read-A-Thon to remember, collecting 284 books for Books Through Bars and the Housing Works Bookstore. In the Pageturners Reading Competition, they read 36,541 pages, smashing their goal of 30,000 pages. (25 students read more than 100 pages, and 7 read more than 500 pages, with teacher Renee Otto and junior Ben Y-K taking top honors.) The Sidney Place community also raised $1,322 for Books through Bars. Half of that figure came from donations of $5 or less, demonstrating that the community supported this fundraiser through the Student-Faculty Volleyball Game, Team Trivia Tournament, Bake Sale, and Super Smash Bros Championship.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who read, donated, and showed school spirit.

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