Ortega's 2021 Read-A-Thon

February 8rd-March 2nd



Ortega’s Read-a-Thon is a chance to foster a love of reading in our students while raising funds to support our school.


This year’s theme is Take a Reading Road Trip and will run from Monday, February 8th - Tuesday, March 2nd.  Students will have 3 ½ weeks to read and log their reading time.  Reading Logs should be submitted electronically via the links below.  All pledges are due by March 9th in order to qualify for prizes.

Reading log form submissions are due each Sunday by 9pm to qualify for that week.



During the Read-a-Thon students record all minutes read, both in the classroom and at home.  All reading counts: books, newspapers, magazines, graphic novels, internet stories, homework reading, etc.!  

Submit Each Week's Reading Logs by clicking below:

Week 1 Reading Log

Week 2 Reading Log

Week 3 Reading Log




TK, Kindergarten,1st and 2nd graders read a minimum of 20 minutes per night 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders must read a minimum of 30 minutes per night. 


The expectation is for each student to do his/her personal best.  In TK/Kinder, parents may actively read to students; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students are encouraged to do as much independent reading as possible; 4th and 5th grade students should manage their reading and logs with minimal guidance.


Many students listen to books through Epic, and RazKids, we want to encourage the importance of self practice as well!



  1. Ask family, friends, neighbors, etc. to make a one-time donation.

  2. Pledges can also be made online by clicking HERE  or using the “Pledge Online” button at the top of this page.

  3. Due to our current COVID restrictions, we are encouraging online pledge donations.  If this is not feasible, we do have pledge sheets available.

  4. Pledge sheets and money raised need to be returned to the main office anytime during Read-a-Thon.  (February 8th -March 2nd please no later than March 9th.)



Students can win prizes for themselves or their class!

Individual Prizes

  • Every student that participates each week, and submits the Read A Thon form will be able to come and get popcorn on the announced day!

  • For every student who raises $100 or more, they will earn a popsicle/ice cream on the announced day! 

  • The student who reads the most in each grade will earn $15 Florey’s Gift Card.

  • Students who complete their reading logs with the required daily time each week will be entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of the Read A Thon.

  • For every $20 students raise, they will be entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of the Read A Thon.


Class Prizes

  • For every class with 90% participation overall, the class will earn a surprise guest reader to come into class!

Raffle prizes (one raffle submission for every $20 raised by student, one raffle submission for every completed reading log):

  • Florey’s Gift Card

  • Siren’s Gift Card

  • Fog City Gift Card

  • Ortega Otter Sweatshirt

  • Ortega Otter T-Shirt

  • There will be other items included too!



Contact Ortega’s Read-a-Thon Coordinators Rachel Merlo, rachelmerlo@hotmail.com, Brenda Melton, brendamelton4@gmail.com, or Maria Jackson, msmedina10@gmail.com