While research shows that the earliest years of a child’s education are the most formative, we know that by 18 months, low-income children are already behind in vocabulary development. By age 2, poor children are behind their peers in listening and counting. And by age 5, a low-income child recognizes only 9 letters of the alphabet, compared to the 22 recognized by her middle-class peers.
Our annual Read-a-Thon aims to correct that. Read-a-Thon promotes the love of reading, reinforces the importance of daily reading by our students and parents, and raises much-needed funds for classroom libraries and literacy development.
Read-a-Thon is a reading celebration event in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, with celebrations at each of our three campuses. Parents and students participate in fun reading activities, sign a contract for their reading commitment, and receive two new books for their home library. The activities are models for at-home practices that encourage reading and literacy development.
There are plenty of ways to get involved and share your love of reading with Christopher House scholars during Read-a-Thon 2020.
- Donate books. We need to collect more than 1,500 books for our scholars, and we need your help! Check out our full list of recommended books by age group.
- Hold a book drive. Holding a book drive at your place of worship, book club, business, or organization is a great way to get your community involved in the spirit of reading!
- Alternatively, you can collect funds to donate and we will purchase books for you at a school discount.
- Sponsor a class. Using our suggested book list, you can purchase books for an entire classroom!
- Donate. By making a cash donation, you will directly improve our scholars’ access to books and build their enthusiasm for reading and literacy. You can donate at the bottom of this page.
- Become a sponsor. By sponsoring Read-a-Thon, you will have a profound impact on our scholar’s access to reading materials and resources. See a full list of sponsor levels and benefits here.
To hold a book drive, donate books for an entire class or grade, or ask any further questions, please contact Ruth Perret-Goluboff at email@example.com.