2020 The Expedition School Read-a-Thon

• Reach For The Stars •

Are you ready to read for a cause?


What is Read-a-thon:

Each Fall, TES holds a weeklong Read-a-Thon to promote reading and literacy, while raising funds that are vital for our classrooms and community. Last year, The TES community raised over $16,000, all of which benefited our teachers and students with academic enrichment, classroom materials and teacher mini-grants for classroom projects. We can beat last year’s total and do even more for our students and teachers. Here’s where we need from you and your readers!

How it works: 

This year kick-off for Read-a-Thon will be Saturday, September 12th with reading logs starting. Our poster / video or short story contest entries are due Friday, September 18th. Posters will be collected during class materials pickup / drop off on Friday, September 18th. Video and short story submissions must be emailed to tesca.rat@gmail.com by 5pm on Friday, September 18. Starting on Saturday, September 12th through Sunday, September 20th, students read for as many minutes as possible and record their reading. Further details will come home on Friday, September 10th with full Read-a-Thon instructions. Students earn minutes by reading silently, reading to someone or being read to! We also ask that sponsors support our readers during the week long read-a-thon.

Pledging and Donating:

There are two ways to make a pledge:

  1. Sponsors can donate a flat monetary amount (no matter how many minutes the student reads, the sponsor will donate that specific amount).


  2. Sponsors can pledge to give a per minute read (for example,

    $0.10/minute; student reads for 300 minutes, sponsor owes $30).

    Sponsors can be parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors, anyone who wants to encourage young readers and raise funds to benefit TES classrooms and students – every dollar makes a difference!

We have a TES-CA PayPal option available to make donating even easier! Use the donate button to the right (don’t forget to fill in the student’s name, grade and teacher). Please feel free to share the TESCA PayPal link with others who may be interested in supporting our cause!!


This year 5% of funds raised will support PORCH Hillsborough, an all-volunteer hunger-relief organization founded in 2011 to fight hunger in northern Orange County.


Submit pictures and video to the TES social media email address at
socialmedia@theexpeditionschool.com. Examples could include a picture of you and your pet, your favorite reading spot and or a short video of you singing or rapping a book over your favorite beat (i.e., the guy rapping over “fox in sox” by Dr. Seuss)

Use this Google Form to submit your reading minutes all at once! You will have the option to upload your scanned Reading Log if you would like. 

Use the TES-CA PayPal option for cashless donation collection!! There will only be one cash and check collection during classroom materials pick-up / drop-off on the 18th.

**Please include student’s name, grade & teacher on the payment page**

Questions? Please contact Mike McGregor and Blue Dean fundraising@tes-ca.com

Poster / Video or Short Story Contest

Let’s get energized about reading! 

Poster/Video Contest: As the 2020 Read-a-Thon approaches, we need your creativity to help get our community ready to read for a cause! Due Friday, September 18th to be eligible for prizes.