Sunday, April 3, 2011

Making a Difference - April 2010 #Readathon

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:44 AM

One of my “book friends”, DancingDog,  posted a great idea in her blog about donating money based on how much she reads during the Readathon. Last October, I had the idea to do it as a fundraiser but that failed for many reasons…mostly mine. 

So this time I’m following DancingDog’s lead. For each book that I read, I will donate $25 per book read to both Project Read and to Room to Read.  If you want to help by making a pledge based on how much I read, please let me know! I will let you specify which organization (or both) gets your donation.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon is an opportunity to have fun while raising money to provide resources to organizations that promote literacy. Reading and education are key to breaking the cycle of poverty. 174 people participated in the October 2010 Read-A-Thon. If each person collected pledges totally $100, the result would have been $17,400 that could make a significant difference in the ability for a non-profit to make an impact on literacy. As of today, 318 people are signed up to participate in the April 2011 Readathon…think of the difference we could make.

Room to Read

Room to Read believes that "world change starts with educated children". We focus on countries whose lack of resources results in insufficient educational infrastructure. Rather than apply a short-term solution, Room to Read seeks to intervene early in a child's life and provide ongoing educational opportunities in their communities. We have developed a successful three-pronged approach to tackling the problem of education by:

  • Partnering with communities to build schools;
  • Enhancing educational facilities within schools, including establishing libraries, computers labs and language training centers; and
  • Providing scholarships for underprivileged young girls

Project Read

Project READ is a coalition of public and private organizations working together to build skilled workers, strong families, and healthy communities. Through Project READ, over 35 literacy and basic skills providers, 80 schools and tutoring sites in Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties, and over 100 businesses and community partners are committed to building literacy in the Miami Valley.  Project READ relies solely on grants and individual gifts for financial support.

It is NOT too late to join the fun! Sign up! And let me know where you will be blogging, I’ll stop by and visit!
Dewey’s Readathon
April 9, 2010
8am (EDT)

4 comments:

Melanie on April 8, 2011 at 1:01 AM said...

Wow, 2 charities. They both sound like very deserving charities who are doing wonderful things.

I hope you raise a lot of funds for them. Happy reading.

Hannah Marie on April 9, 2011 at 6:03 AM said...

How awesome! You keep up the good work! Good luck and happy reading!!

azuki on April 9, 2011 at 2:41 PM said...

Hello! Read a bunch and raise lots of fund!

Emily on April 9, 2011 at 6:50 PM said...

Awesome! I am a huge fan of Room to Read, especially their Girls' Education programming. Keep up the great work and enjoy the rest of the read-a-thon!

 

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