Read-a-thon has 47 Schools and 17,000 Students

We now have 47 schools involving 17,000 students registered for the 2005-2006 Read-a-thon,  surpassing last year's participation of 38 schools and 14,000 students. And, there are still four months left for schools to register!

Champions are needed for each participating school. Please consider getting involved by offering to champion your neighbourhood school. Ways you can volunteer include: encouraging the students to read at the school kick-off assembly, offering to read your favourite books in selected classrooms, offering to find sponsors for pizza lunches and donations of prizes, delivering the much appreciated Read-a-thon posters, certificates and bookmarks to your school, and presenting prizes at the end of Read-a-thon school assembly. Champions Hélène Fortin-Crabb and Howard Whittaker enjoyed their experience last year so much, that they now champion two schools each.

Howard's company, GordonGroup, donated a bicycle to both D. Roy Kennedy School and General Vanier School, adding excitement and incentives to encourage full school participation. Feel free to contact both Hélène and Howard if you have any questions about being a champion.

The list of last year's champions include: Bill Gosewitz, Jeremy Moore, Bruno Di Chiara, John Callan, Derek Finley, Lee Storm, Dominic Ferrarotto, Patrick McGarry, Geoff Godding, Rob Tripp, Harold Geller, Ross Hadwen, Hélène Fortin-Crabb, Stephen Tanner, Howard Whittaker, Steve Moore, Ian Sterling, Will Thompson, Jackie Holzman, and Jamie Johnson.

Read-a-thon needs additional donations of books and prizes for the Ottawa Beacon schools and for the Community House After School Programs. Items needed include: school supplies, paper, cassette tapes, large ziploc bags, office furniture (in good condition), pizza lunches, books, athletic wear, hats, gift certificates, etc. The beacon school parent councils are not as able - as affluent schools are - to fundraise for prizes, and they need our help to make Read-a-thon a fun and motivating literacy experience for their students! 

Thank you for your help and assistance.

Lee Scott,  Kiwanis Read-a-thon Coordinator