Our Annual Fundraising Event
Read Books. Send Books to Kids. Finish a Playground. Get a Tax-Deduction. Best Event All Year.
Thank you to this year's business partners: KaPow Coffee & Comics, The Perk Downtown, BF Chew Chew, The Springs Cupcake Truck, Baby Cotton Bottoms... more are signing up. Join the fun, and call the office to support kids.
#1 The first goal of our annual fundraising event, with an immediate payoff, is to let children read for an entire weekend. Each year we set a goal for the whole school to log 120,000 pages during that time.
Great funds raised each year! In 2017, we get to support kids in Houston, too.
#2 The second, a short-term goal, is to raise funds for use each year to cover mission-important needs. Our mission-critical needs are covered to every extent possible with our regular operating budget, and we stretch dollars wherever we can, but funding is still short for extra items that help make the school’s program meet all its needs. We try to help each student to find at least 10 sponsors for at least $10 each.
- Also, in 2017, 10% of our total collected by October 20th will be sent to a book drive organization in Houston, Texas, for books to go to kids in need, including flood victims.
#3 The third goal of our Readathon is to connect to our community. This is part of the long-term health and stability of the school. Connections with our community help us sustain and grow AcademyACL to its full potential. We built this school from its foundation with parents and educators working together, and it needs community connections to continue to grow in its vision and mission. Each new sponsor is one new connection!
We appreciate the work of our students, our families, and our community, with great reading and great connections. Everyone working together enables this to be a great place for kids to learn and grow.
Please see our Partners and Leaders (PALs) page for the businesses who have supported us.
September 30 through October 2, 2017
Our online database helps us track all of our donations easily. Visit https://academyacl.networkforgood.com
You can donate directly at this link above. When you visit that page, scroll to the bottom to see individual family and student goals, and a direct "donate" link. You can
- "honor" one or more students with a donation so that the student/family receives credit for the donation and their goals
- and decide whether or not to cover the transition fee (3%)
Looking for Readathon forms and details from your folder? They are posted in the ParentSquare site for families: www.parentsquare.com.
The 8th Annual Readathon has three goals:
- Read 150,000 pages
- Collect $30,000 donations (10 for $10, per student) for a NEW PLAYGROUND space
- Connect to our community
- 10% of the 2017 Readathon total collected by October 20 will be sent to Houston, Texas for a book drive that gets books to students in need, including those whose homes flooded
- Our first local Book Swap will occur, where students can bring gently-used books appropriate for a K-12 reading level to trade, or donate to a local school in need, at our evening event.
150,000 Pages: Do you accept the challenge?
In the past, our community has read 148,000 pages in just over 48 hours!
Our goal this year is for the whole school to log 150,000 pages together.
- 2013 Top Reader: Julieanna, Division IV
- 2014 Top Reader: Logan, Division V
- 2015 Top Reader: Barrett, Division V
- 2017 Top Reader: Anika, Division V
The Vision for 2017: A New and Innovative Playground
Picture this: A new, eco-friendly, beautiful and innovative space for our kids and our neighborhood for 1) kids and adults to play, and 2) kids and adults to learn, in a way that celebrates our beautiful Pikes Peak Region. Imagine a space that draws together the whole community of kids and adults in this area.
We have a beautiful natural playground design called "Forest Green". We're working to fund all of the elements in the design that we want our students to enjoy right from the start.
We are finishing off the construction details to get the work started on a new Natural Playground project called "Forest Green". We received a competitive grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Go Colorado's School Yard Initiative program, that provides $110,000 in funds for this project. To see the design, visit www.facebook.com/PlaygroundBeautiful.
$30,000 in donations: 10 sponsors for $10 each, and two new challenges below. You can do it.
In 2014 our students raised over $23,000. In 2015, our students raised over $26,000 plus they collected many generous donations for event supplies and prizes. In 2016 they raised over $28,000!
We'd like each student to find at least 10 sponsors for at least $10 each – that’s at least $29,000 for the whole school, and we know we can do this!
We use our regular Per Pupil Revenue (PPR) from the state of Colorado to fund mission critical needs that allow our students to meet and exceed Colorado Academic Standards. We use Readathon Funds for mission important items that enhance and extend our capabilities for students.
We're eager to finish off a new, innovative and eco-friendly playground, and send funds for books to kids in Houston!
Up to $500-600 will be used as needed to celebrate with prizes- including books- to celebrate student goals, and $1000 will be used to supply new, portable outdoor equipment while the space is being re-designed with the remaining funds.
Read in a Pool at School Challenge
Teachers and students have given our Academy Director another challenge this year. In 2015, she had to Read on the Roof of the School if they raised $10,000 by Wednesday, September 30, 2015... and they raised over $17,000. She had to climb a ladder (the fire department came out to help) and read on the roof of the school all day... and Division III sent Ms. Brown up there with her. It rained that day. All day, misty rain. Hot tea helped. And the knowledge that the kids were having a great time helped them survive the day. In 2016, she had to Read on the Back of a Horse if they raised $20,000 by Wednesday night. They raised $20,100... and thankfully, Chuck the Rodeo Pony was very sweet and patient as she read on his back "Son of the Black Stallion" and walked him over the school grounds for three hours. (Chuck loved the kids, too!)
This year, Mrs. Myers has to Read in a Pool at School if students raise $12,000 by midnight on September 27th. Someone has suggested a dunk tank...
That's an ambitious goal... we'll see if she's "safe" this year!
Community connections: Tell sponsors about our school!
Connections with our community help us sustain and grow AcademyACL to its potential. We built this school from its foundation with parents and educators, and it needs community connections to continue to grow in its vision and mission. Each new sponsor is one new connection!
We appreciate the work of our students with great reading and great connections, our families and our community. Everyone worked so hard together to support our school!
Please see our Partners and Leaders (PALs) page to than the businesses who have supported us in previous years.
Readathon Forms and Details
Each student brings home a folder with their name on it, and many of these forms below. They are posted at www.parentsquare.com for each family's reference as well.
Donate directly to the goals at https://academyacl.networkforgood.com.
Make sure to "honor" a student or family in order for them to get the credit for the donation, or type "student in need" and the office will locate a student who needs a sponsor and apply that credit to their goals.