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Our 2024 Read-a-thon begins Feb 2nd!

Our 2024 Read-a-thon begins Feb 2nd!

We want to thank you in advance for helping us make Read-a-thon 2024 a success! The Bella Vista Read-a-thon is a great way to encourage our students to develop a lifelong love of reading while raising money to support our school. Students will read as much as they can for 15 days and keep track of how many total minutes they read. Please read with your students, share out their unique fundraising link with family and friends, and feel the excitement of Read-a-thon 2024! 

Click here to add your student to our 99pledges site.

To set up your student’s fundraising page, 
  • Go to
  • Click on “Not in the list? Add participant” link at the bottom of Group Standings:
  • Enter your student’s name and the parent’s email address. An additional email address is optional.
  • Under group, select your student’s teacher
  • Click the "ADD" button
Once you have set up your account, to log your student’s reading time:
  • You will receive a confirmation email with the subject line “Check out your new fundraiser page"
  • Scroll halfway down the email to the link for a "private profile management page"
  • In the Manage Participant page, select the “Track” tab. BOOKMARK THIS PAGE IN YOUR WEB BROWSER!!
If you have questions or if you lose track of the private profile management page link, please email Mary Sing at
Need help? Watch this video to see how easy it is to set up:
RAT how to video
Proceeds benefit the Bella Vista Ed Fund and the Bella Vista Library

Read-a-thon Incentives

  • Extra library book checkouts during the Read-a-thon
  • All participants who set up an account & log their time on 99pledges have a chance to win a goody bag from Ms. Cindi in a daily raffle
  • Top student with most minutes read in the school will receive a $25 gift card to Coldstones and a free book from the April book fair
  • 2nd place classes in TK-2 and 3rd-5th will earn a popcorn party with an extended recess
  • Top classes in TK-2nd and 3rd-5th will have an extended recess AND will silly string Mr. Maloney & Ms. Cindi in front of the whole school

What counts as reading?

  • Reading in a train, with a fox, in the rain, or on a box does count
  • Reading under the bed covers, with a flashlight, late at night counts (but only if it is okay with your grownups)
  • Reading by yourself, reading to someone else, or having someone read to you counts
  • All reading materials count: Newspapers, Magazines, Books, E-Books, Comic Books, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, etc. In other words, if you can read it, it counts!
  • Reading for homework counts
  • Reading during designated in-class quiet time counts

What does NOT count as reading?

  • Audio books do NOT count
  • Watching a movie, television, reading subtitles or playing a video game version of your favorite book does NOT count
  • Reading INSTEAD of paying attention in class or doing your homework does NOT count
Be sure to log your reading time by Feb 16th!
Use a timer, watch your time on a clock, or use stop watch to track how many minutes you have read.