Our Annual Fundraising Event
#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!
#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.
#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, 2016
Our NEW 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
- create a donation page for an individual family's goals
- "honor" one or more students with a donation, and contribute to a particular division's goals
- and donate with the chance to cover the transition fee (3%) if you choose
Still need PayPal? It’s here.
Looking for Readathon forms and details from your folder? They are posted in the ParentSquare site for families: www.parentsquare.com.
The 7th 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
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
The Vision for 2016: 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 want a space that draws us outside in all weather.
Outdoor fitness equipment for kids and adults.
Space to run.
Space to interact with nature.
Space to have outdoor learning labs and lessons.
We are working to combine this year's Readathon funds and submit an application for a competitive grant to Go Colorado's School Yard Initiative program, that could create up to $110,000 in funds for the new design. Kids will have to present this vision and the new design to Park and Recreation, and to City Council, as part of the grant process.
$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. This year we have some amazing challenges and amazing projects to fund!
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.
This year's project support a re-design and creation of a new outdoor play and learning space for students... a new, innovative and eco-friendly playground!
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 on the Back of a Horse Challenge
Teachers and students have given our Academy Director another challenge this year. Last year, 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.
This year, Mrs. Myers has to Read on the Back of a Horse! if students raise $20,000 by midnight on September 28th.
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 www.academyacl.networkforgood.com.
For a second choice, if necessary, you can continue donate online with PayPal.
Use the "Student(s) Sponsored" line to list any student project you would like to support. PayPal donations will take longer for us to track to Readathon goals, and do not include the option for the donor to cover the transaction fee.