Ortega's 2019 Read-A-Thon



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

This year's theme is "Ortega Art" and will run from March 8th-March 22nd. Students will have 2 weeks to read and log in their reading time.  Pledges are due by March 29th in order to qualify for prizes.



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.!

Each student who fulfills the required reading will get an award for participation. The student who reads the most in each grade will be awarded a specially printed Read A Thon Book Bag Prize as well as have his/her name and photo taken for our newsletter and front hallway.


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.



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

2. Fill out pledge sheet with donor name, email address, donation amount & collect money at time of pledge.

3. Pledges can also be made online by clicking here or using the "Pledge Online" button at the top of this page.

4. Pledge sheets and money raised need to be returned either to your student’s teacher or to the main office anytime during Read -A- Thon (March 8-29).



Students can win prizes for themselves, their class, and the entire school!


Class Prizes​

  • Every class raising a combined $1000 or more gets a popsicle/otterpop party!

School Wide Prizes

If we work together as a school, as a team, there are some amazing opportunities!

  • $2,500: Crazy Hair Day

  • $5,000: Pajama Day

  • $7,500: Principal Dresses up for the day (Photo Op Time!)

  • $10,000: Crazy HAT Day

  • $12,500: Extra Recess Time

  • $15,000: Chalk the Blacktop Event

  • $20,000: Duct Tape Principal to Wall!

Individual Prizes

  • Every student that collects $100 or more in donations will receive a limited edition ​Read-A-Thon T-Shirt​! The shirts will be awarded every Monday to each student who reached the $100 goal that week.

  • Every Student raising $250 or more will be invited to a special art party after school on April 5th with Ms. Denise.

  • The student who reads the most in each grade will get special recognition and a ​Read-A-Thon Book Bag​.


Raffle prizes (one raffle submission for every $20 raised by student):

  1. Kindle Fire (donated by Brandice Anderson Real Estate)

  2. 10 Book Set (donated by The Nature Generation, www.NatGen.org)

  3. Art Supply Set

  4. Ortega Otter Sweatshirt



Contact Ortega's Read A Thon Coordinator, Brandice Anderson, brandiceanderson@kw.com or 650-733-7167

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