The 2003 Precious Minds Read-a-thon

April is Precious Minds Read–a–thon month at 18 schools in the Ottawa area, an exciting new Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Literacy Project designed to help our students become better readers and have fun doing it!

The Precious Minds Read–a–thon happens in the classroom and at home. For three weeks in April schools will be putting the spotlight on reading. Teachers will organize activities and special events around literacy, incorporating even more reading and writing time into classroom work during this period. Children will be asked to make reading a priority every day, and we're asking families to become cheerleaders and mentors at home to encourage reading. Some schools will also use this innovative literacy-building project as a fundraiser. Proceeds from the Precious Minds Read–a–thon will be dedicated to literacy projects in the schools themselves.

Here's how the program works. Students sign up family, friends and neighbours as reading sponsors. Throughout the program, students keep track of the books they've read by filling in the titles on their Student Reading Record. Parents, teachers or caregivers initial the titles to verify that the reading has been done. Once the reading part ends on April 25, students collect pledge money from their supporters and bring it to school.

At the end of the program schools will tabulate class and school-wide totals to help keep track of reading progress and achievement. As well, through the generosity of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and its partner, the Ottawa Senators Foundation, each school will receive a financial reward for participating.