summaryDuring the gift-giving holidays, many people give their time collecting for charities. Children may want to hold their own fund-raiser—a read-a-thon.
- The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers
- Celebrations and Holidays, Cultural Heritage, Seasonal Activities
Suggest that children hold their read-a-thon to raise money for, appropriately enough, new children's books. The books can be earmarked for a local toy drive, a children's hospital, a refugee program, or some other charity the children want to support. Here's how a read-a-thon works: The children agree to read as many books as they can during a set period of time, say the month before Christmas or the eight days of Hanukkah. They solicit money pledges-an amount for each book or for every certain number of pages -- from grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, and other adults they know well. The honor system goes into effect as the children keep track of their own reading. At the end of the set period, they report back to their list of pledges to request payment and say thank you for their participation. Take the children to a bookstore and let them make the book selections themselves. Tell the manager what they're up to, just in case the store gives a discount on charitable purchases. If possible have your children deliver the books to the person in charge of distributing them.