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BookSpring Announces the 2011 Read-A-Thon Dates
January 24-February 4, 2011
In 2010, Austin area students read more than 1.5 Million Pages and raised over $134,000 to benefit BookSpring literacy programs.
More Info. Mark your calendar for 2011 Read-A-Thon
Join BookSpring for a special night ,Wednesday April 21, for The Austin Playhouse performance of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
6:30 hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, 7:30 play
Proceeds benefit BookSpring’s mission to champion early literacy to empower children with a lifelong love of reading.
For more information: BookSpring Benefit at Austin Playhouse
Looking for the perfect home for your children’s used books?
Shelves cluttered with gently loved children’s books?
Clean those shelves, box up the books, or host a book drive and call
BookSpring places gently used books into the hands of children through 29 medical clinics located throughout the Greater Austin area. Children who may not otherwise have books in their homes, visit clinics, select children’s books and depart from a doctor visit happy and anxious to READ their new treasure!
On behalf of BookSpring, Zavala second grader, Natalie Santander, accepted $500 pledge from Sylvan Learning Centers for her efforts during the 2010 Read-A-Thon. Representing Sylvan Learning, Mark Strama presented Natalie with the check and a certificate praising Natalie’s accomplishment in reading 500 pages.
In January, during a visit to Zavala for the Read-A-Thon Kick-Off, Mr. Strama challenged the students in Mrs. Raspberry’s class to read as many pages as they could during the Read-A-Thon. Taking the challenge a step further, Mr. Strama pledged a DOLLAR per page to BookSpring for the student who read the most pages.
Natalie, listening very carefully, was inspired by the challenge and carefully recorded her reading each and every day for two weeks. At the conclusion of the event, Natalie presented her pledge envelope to the librarian and reminded Mrs. Crosby of the challenge offered by Sylvan Learning Centers.
Natalie accepted her certificate and the $500 check on behalf of BookSpring. Sylvan’s support and Natalie’s hard work ensure that fellow Zavala classmates will receive brand new books through the Reading Is Fundamental program.
During RIF week offered three times a year, Natalie knows her efforts helped bring the new books provided to her fellow students!
Good job Natalie and thank you Sylvan Learning for helping to instill the love of reading!
Reading is the best medicine: The ROR* Stories of Karen Haslund, MD
In no particular order, I have seen these families this year at Children’s Wellness. We are out in the sticks in Del Valle. Many of our families live in old trailers. Many do not have safe water systems… The septic systems run out into the front yard. The kids are loved but resources are nonexistent. There is no grocery, no library and no safe place to play. The only source of books is the local Dollar General store or the school library during the school year.
*Reach Out and Read
**Reading Is Fundamental
The 2010 BookSpring Read-A-Thon has broken all records in the five year history of the Austin Read-A-Thon!
With pledges still arriving, BookSpring can now report that $132,079.55 was raised by students from 32 Austin and Eanes schools. Pledges stay in the Greater Austin area to support BookSpring’s literacy programs.
And it gets better- for the two weeks of the Read-A-Thon, Austin students logged an estimated 1,516,526 pages! Amazing!
Area teachers and librarians have shared many touching stories and experiences from the Read-A-Thon. These are just a few:
Thank you Austin!
Over 35,000 Austin area children and families will share the joy of books thanks to your support!
No child should grow up without books!
During the Reading Frenzy on Saturday March 6, Rep. Mark Strama selected Casis teacher, Skippy Batiansila, as the winner of the Dell Latitude 2100. Dell, Inc. donated the new laptop to reward a teacher’s participation in the 2010 BookSpring Read-A-Thon.
Mr. Batiansila’s fifth grade class raised $1000 and read over 2000 pages during the two weeks of the Read-A-Thon.
Thanks youDell for the support and generous donation to the Read-A-Thon.