Diary of a Whittier Reader

Diary of a Whittier Reader:
January 18 to February 10

In 2019, Whittier celebrated reading and literacy during a 24-day Read-a-Thon fundraiser that kicked off with an assembly on January 18 and ran through February 10. During the event, the whole school read as many minutes as we could, both at home and in class. Students sought out sponsors to pledge money per minute read or make donations toward our $10,000 fundraising goal. These funds raised support educational field trips, the MacPhail music partnership, full-time Spanish Amity Intern, classroom supplies, community events and more.  


On March 1 we again met as a school in the gymnasium for a wrap up assembly, where we recognized:

-       Top two readers in each classroom

-       Top fundraiser in each classroom and in each grade

-       Top three overall fundraisers

-       Top five teachers/staff minutes read at home

-       Drew eleven names at random of participants in a Bonus Prize Drawing 


Sixty-six individuals were recognized for their efforts and received gift bags loaded with books and gift cards from our generous sponsors:

-       Magers & Quinn Booksellers

-       Moon Palace Books

-       Wild Rumpus Books

-       Universe Games

-       Mead Hall Books & Comics

-       DreamHaven Books & Comics

-       Can Can Wonderland

-       Costco (PTA purchased AMC movie tickets in part with donation from Costco).  


2019 Results​:

  • School-wide minutes read in class: 58,103
  • Individual students' minutes read at home: 159,038
  • Teachers' minutes read at home: 11,695
  • Total Minutes read by Whittier during 2018 Read-a-Thon: 228,836
  • Fundraising total 1/18/19 to 2/28/19: $9,362.41


Thank you to the PTA volunteers whose work made the 2019 Read-a-Thon a reality, and thank you to all Whittier students (and the families that supported their efforts) who demonstrated many IB attitudes and worked hard to raise money for our PTA-sponsored programs. We are so proud of you!!  


If you would like to make an additional donation, we invite you to do so!

-       Cash or check payable to “Whittier PTA” to main office PTA mail slot.

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