Diary of a Whittier Reader

Diary of a Whittier Reader:
January 18 to February 10

2019 marks our 9th annual Read-a-Thon — our largest fundraiser of the year — and it is vital to helping Whittier PTA fund field trips, classroom supplies, our Spanish language Amity intern, the McPhail music program, and so much more. WE NEED YOUR HELP to raise as much money as possible! Collecting donations and turning them in by February 14 also enters students into drawings for great prizes!

During the event, the whole school is reading as many minutes as we can and finding sponsors to donate per minute read or flat amount. Students and classes are competing for prizes and recognition based on most minutes read (normalized by classroom size), funds raised, and — teachers and staff are also competing to see who can read the most minutes. 

  • Classroom reading minutes will be tracked for three weeks on a poster. 
  • At home reading minutes will be tracked on the Diary of a Whittier Reader log. Family members and friends may read to students — this counts towards minutes read (but audio books do not count). 

Please give generously toward our $10,000 fundraising goal! Parents, please contribute $10 or more, so Whittier PTA can continue to provide important resources to benefit the Whittier school community. 

Asking for donations is easy if you think about how much you are helping the school and also about the great prizes students could win. Who can you ask to donate? Think about asking grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors, family friends, and check for employer donation-matching programs. Parents can think about friends or co-workers of theirs that might help. Be creative! 

New this year all students will receive Fundraising Cards to help them reach out in their communities. Because the more donations students receive, the more chances they will have to win bonus prizes, we ask all families to encourage students to be risk-takers and help fundraise. 

  • Students should track donations on the Donation Log, which can also be downloaded below. Bring the Log and any donations back to school in the envelope provided.  
  • Donations can be made in:
    • Cash or check payable to “Whittier PTA”
      • Send with your student to school by Thursday, February 14.
    • Online at
      • On Checkout screen, be sure to use Note field to list Student's name and grade (+ classroom #/teacher if you know it).
    • In order to be eligible for donation-based prizes, please turn in all donations by the Feb 14 deadline, to teacher or PTA mailbox in main office. We will accept donations after that date, but volunteers will be tallying results over Presidents’ Day weekend. 

All students who participate will be eligible for prizes such as great books, movie theater tickets, gift cards and more. Top readers and fundraisers will receive special prizes and we will also recognize the top reading class and Whittier staff/teacher at our Wrap Up Assembly on Friday, March 1, 2019. Follow Whittier PTA on Facebook to stay up-to-date share our fundraising posts with your friends, and ask for their support: 

Please support these businesses who have already contributed to this year’s prizes: Magers & Quinn Booksellers,Universe Games, Moon Palace Books, Wild Rumpus Books, Mead Hall Books & Comics, Universe Games, DreamHaven Books & Comics, Can Can Wonderland and Costco. 

Enjoy reading!