Monday, February 04, 2008

Read Across Oregon Read-a-Thon

A note from Oregon Literacy:

This year will be the 6th annual Read Across Oregon Read-a-thon.

Read Across Oregon (RAO) works much like any walk-a-thon or bike-a-thon. Participants donate a small entry fee (suggested at $10) and then obtain pledges above and beyond the entry fee on a per page or per book basis (ex: a nickel per page or $5 per book). Other than that, participants--such as students, teachers, book club members, librarians, tutors, business people, etc.-–simply read as much as possible during the entire month of March. Any book can be read from anywhere and textbooks do count. Parents can read to children and children can read to parents.

The best part is that any charity, such as a school or literacy organization, can reap 50% of the money their participants raise, while the other 50% goes to us to promote literacy statewide and in SW Washington. All the participant has to do is list the charity/school in the appropriate box that is provided on any sign-up form. Oregon Literacy then does the rest, including distributing reader logs, pledge sheets, doing the bookkeeping, and cutting the check to the organization. This makes for a very easy event to become involved with and it has nearly no overhead for partners and beneficiaries!

Proudly sponsored by Gunderson and Starbucks, you can sign up and/or find out more about RAO on our homepage or here:

Oregon Literacy is a 42-year old 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission of strengthening local literacy programs, supporting volunteer tutors, and empowering learners. We believe literate communities thrive!

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