What is Reach for the Stars!!?
Reach for the Stars!! is a pledge based reading incentive program that works like a "read-a-thon" or reading challenge. We put books into the hands of students and reward them for reading. At the same time, it provides the school or organization cash and/or books.
What is the Goal of Reach for the Stars!!?
The goal of the Reach for the Stars!! program is for the participants to read, or to be read to, 300 minutes or more over a two-week period of time. This is an average of 30 minutes per weekday. Education experts encourage routine daily reading and recommend a minimum of 30 minutes every day!
Who Can Participate?
This program can benefit any sized organizational group. This would include entire schools, individual classrooms, clubs, Girl or Boy Scouts troops, preschools, ECFE, church groups, home school groups, charities, businesses, etc...
Do Children Go Door-to-Door?
Absolutely not! This program will work well seeking just those safe, mentoring friends, family members who will encourage students in their reading.
What Do the Kids Get?
They develop a reading routine!
They also get free books and other prizes for participating!
The Reach for the Stars!! program gets the kids reading and keeps them reading by giving them books to keep at home!
Two Program Options Are Available
100% of the pledge money is given to the organization in the form of educational books from the Usborne catalog.
- 50% in books to participating students.
- 50% in books to the classrooms, library
and/or incentives for children. (percentages flexible)
Fund Raiser Program
100% of the pledge money is given to the organization in the form of cash and books from the Usborne catalog.
- 50% in books to participating students.
- 30% in CASH is given to the organization.
- 20% in books to the classrooms, library
and/or incentives for children. (book %'s are flexible)
Both options offer a 100% return!!
The book percentages for either option can be flexible to best fit the needs of the participants and the organization.
What is Needed to Run a Reach for the Stars!!?
There is no cost to the organization to run the program. All materials to run the Reach for the Stars!! reading challenge are provided by Usborne Books -- free of charge.
Forms are provided to aid in compiling donation monies and student book orders. Thorough instructions are given for each step of the program to make things as easy as possible.
Volunteers Needed to Do a Reach for the Stars!!
A designated "Coach/Cheerleader" is needed to...
- Distribute the materials to students.
- Explain the program in an assembly or by classroom.
- Coach teachers to encourage student participation.
- Cheer on students in collecting pledges & to meet reading goals.
A program "Coordinator" is also needed to...
- Work with the Usborne Consultant by phone and email.
- Collect/calculate monies and reading logs from each classroom.
- Bag books by student and deliver to each classroom.
These can be the same person - or two different people, depending on personalities. Often a teacher or principal is the coach/cheerleader and the school's administrative assistant or parent volunteer acts as the coordinator.
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Usborne Books Reach for the Stars!!
"Our first Reach for the Stars!! event raised
$10,281 in pledges - with 192 students participating!
So, $6,169 worth of books were given to the library, and $5,140 worth of books were given back to the participating students!
It didn't cost the school a dime, and the students are reading! Now that's a WIN-WIN situation!"
Nadette Waligora, RFTS organizer at Isanti Elementary School - MN
"This program is wonderful! My kids have set their goals much higher than 300 minutes and the books are flying off the shelves! We have to make yet ano ther trip to the library!"
Sonrise Scholars Homeschool Co-op - Cambridge, MN
This group had 8 familes (19 readers) participating
and raised pledges over $1200!
"Our first Reach for the Stars!! event raised $6700 in pledges with only 170 students participating!
Every year since then we have increased the level of participation.
So far, in three years, we have given over $15,000 worth of books to the children and have added over $8,000 worth of books in the classrooms and the school library!"
Thurmont Elementary School, MD
"Your program is motivating, creative and generous!
And for our daughter, we are thrilled for the boost this gives as she steps into the reading world!"
Parent at Charter Oak Learning Center - CT
32 readers raised pledges of $1400!
"If every child
were read to daily,
in this country."
U.S. Education Secretary, Richard W. Riley