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The Greatest Read-a-thon on Earth!

Read-a-thon Success Celebrated at Spirit Assembly



On Monday, February 27, Rheem students and staff gathered to learn the details of this year’s Read-a-thon.  We knew we all had a great time, but we were very excited to discover that Rheem’s grand total of reading hours continues to grow each year, and this year, broke the 12,000 hour barrier!  Take a look:


2012 = 9,282 hours

2013 = 9,497 hours

2014 = 10,749 hours

2015 = 10, 974 hours! 

2016 = 11,671 hours (which was incredible…)

2017 = 12,864 hours! (What??? Unbelievable!)


Also, once all the tally sheets were counted, we realized that 98% of our students participated! A total of 13 classes had 100% participation (every students turning in at least 1 tally sheet).  The Roadrunner Mascots were awarded to the four classes that can boast 100% participation for each week of the 4-week Read-a-thon.  Congratulations to: Ms. O’Connell’s 1st grade, Ms. Guidi’s 2nd grade, Ms. McMullen’s 4th grade, and Ms. Cavallero’s 5th grade.


With such amazing results, it’s no surprise that our students earned themselves a Read-In and Pajama Day on Friday, March 31 (the Friday before Spring Break).  We are all looking forward to a comfy, cozy day of reading to celebrate! 


Drawings were held from the many, many “Feat of Daring” posters that were completed by students.  Winners of a set of circus-themed juggling balls were kindergartner, Henry L., 1st grader, Amelia W., 2nd grader, Drew K. 3rd grader Zack S.., 4th grader Abby R., and 5th grader Carolyn O.  Winners of a $20 gift certificate to Bel and Bunna bookstore in Lafayette were 1st grader Ayush S., and 4th grader, Brayden C. These lucky winners also had the honor of leading the school in the “Rheem Rocks” song at the assembly.


The annual Read-a-Thon also brings in generous donations from sponsors.  On Friday, March 3, sponsor sheets for collections went home in the backpacks, along with a “Circus Duck” to commemorate the students’ terrific efforts.  Please help your child collect his or her pledges to send back to school on or before Friday March 31 (Read-In Day).  If you haven’t completed a sponsor sheet but would still like honor your child’s efforts, you can simply write a check to “Rheem PTA” with “Read-a-Thon” on the memo line and send it to school. 


Many thanks to all members of the Rheem Team for supporting this year’s Read-a-thon, especially Parent Coordinator Diane Johnson and her supportive team, including Sally Salay, Michele Kong, and Jen Blau and all the parents who added together miles of tally sheets!

Posted by: Elaine Frank Published:3/6/17
Audience: Rheem News