Welcome to our Annual Gifted Program Spring Read-A-Thon! PAGE (Parents and Advocates for Gifted Education) is sponsoring the annual gifted student Read-A-Thon to raise money to support activities at the Joplin Elementary Gifted Center. The money will be used to provide field trips, continuing education for teachers, and to purchase items needed for the classrooms. In the past, PAGE used the funds to purchase Ipads for the classrooms and have sent students on field trips to the Discovery Center, Silver Dollar City, Crystal Bridges the Joplin Globe, the Springfield Cardinals facility, among others.
The goal of the Read-A-Thon is for each student to raise a minimum of $35. Through this fundraiser, we hope to provide students with opportunities they would not receive in their home classroom while promoting the love of reading. Research show that children who love to read have better test scores throughout their academic career.
1. Kick-Off - Week of April 3rd: Students will be bringing their envelopes home to discuss the read-a-thon with you and to show you their nightly reading goal for "Read Week" as well as their pledge goals. Please sign your initials next to the Read-a-thon goal so we know you approve of the student goal. If you feel it needs to be tweaked, please let us know!
2. Obtain Pledges -Week of April 10th: Students will officially start seeking donations from family, friends and anyone interested in supporting the Gifted Center. Donations may be pledged "per minute read" or in a "lump sum". No door-to-door collections unless with an adult.
3. Read Week - Week of April 17th: Students will read after school from April 17th through Sunday, April 23rd to complete their reading goal. Both the student and parent will sign off on the number of minutes read each afternoon/evening.
4. Collect Pledges - Week of April 24th and May 1st: Student will use their collection envelopes for any donations they need to collect. All pledges and your reading log must be turned in by your gifted day during the week of May 1st to be considered for the contest.
Prizewinners will be announced at the Gifted Park Night on Friday, May 5th from 5:30-6:30 at Leonard Park. Prizes will be awarded for the top pledge earners and for the top minutes read. Prizes are donated from local businesses. Thank you for your support and for making it a great year at the Gifted Center!
WORDS OF THE WEEK:
Independent – Adj. free from outside control; not depending on another's authority.
Integrity - Noun, the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
During our Genius Hour Research time, we are continuing to research relevant sources, pull important information from our gathered resources and to put them into our GoogleSlide presentations and insert digital images and video. We will keep you updated on a day/time at the end of April where we would love to have you come in and watch the student presentations!