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Read-a-thon questions & answers


What is Read-a-Thon?
  • Read-a-Thon (RAT) is an 11-day, school-wide reading marathon and fundraiser for Julia Green!

  • It is intended to be a fun way to encourage the love and importance of reading & improve student’s literacy skills!

  • RAT raises more than one-third of the budget for Julia Green’s Parent Teacher- Organization (PTO)!

When is Read-a-Thon?
  • February 3rd -13th, 2023

What do the funds raised go to?
  • To purchase classroom materials

  • Provides the salary for our full-time reading specialist

Who can donate to RAT?
  • Parents, grandparents, family, friends, businesses, and neighbors can donate to this fundraiser!

  • Sponsor information is on the Julia Green website under RAT 2023

  • Corporate Sponsors : Businesses can sponsor at the $500, $1000, and $2500 level by donating HERE

  • Host Family Sponsors : Families can sponsor at the $100, $250, and $500 level by donating HERE

  • Individual Sponsors : Individuals can sponsor a student in any amount HERE


What are the important dates for RAT?​​
  • February 2 - T-shirts go home

  • February 3 - Opening Ceremony during school day

                               -RAT Begins at 3:30pm

  • February 5 - Parnassus Day 4-6pm

  • February 7 - Counting Day #1-Students bring booklets to school

  • February 10 - Counting Day #2-Students bring booklets to school

                           - Dress as your Favorite Book Character Day

  • February 10 - Hornet Heart Essays Due

  • February 13 - Book Covers Due

                           - RAT Ends at 8:00pm

  • February 14 - Counting Day #3- Students bring booklets to school

  • February 15 - Teacher Appreciation Dinner

  • February 17 - Closing Ceremony during school day 


What are the incentives for students?
  • There are 3 Club levels that students can reach- (Julia Club, Green Club and Hornet Club)

  • All students will be given an incentive coupon(s) on the 3 counting days

  • Top readers for each grade level will earn a special prize from the spirit store

  • Each student will receive a small prize at the closing assembly  

What is the Parent's role during RAT and how can Parents help?
  • Encourage your child to read, participate in RAT events like Parnassus Day

  • Help your child create a cozy reading nook

  • Encourage less screen time and read with your child

  • Make a monetary donation if you are able

  • Remind your child to bring their booklets to school

When do students wear their RAT t-shirt?
  • Friday, Feb. 3rd, 10th (unless dressing as Favorite Book Character), 17th, and any other Friday for Spirit Day!

What are counting days?
  • Book Credits are counted in the morning and incentives are given on these days (Feb 7, 10 & 14).

How will books be counted and recorded?
  • K/1st Grade students will record the number of books they read in the reading log provided.

  • Grades 2-4 will record the number of minutes they read in the reading log provided. Detailed information will come home inside your child’s booklet about this.

  • Classroom book credits can be earned during school hours- a maximum of 30 books (for K/1st) and 300 minutes (for 2nd-4th). These credits will be recorded on the last counting day by the RRP based on the information given from classroom teachers. 

  • Beanstack is NOT a part of RAT this year, so ALL STUDENTS will need to record their books and minutes in their reading logs.

What is the Reading Room Parent (RRP)?

Each classroom will have a Reading Room Parent (RRP), who will send information regarding RAT to the class. This person will count book credits for the class on counting days and facilitate guest readers for the teacher, if needed.


What is the Book Cover Contest?

Imagine designing your own book cover! Our librarian, Shannon Meadows has chosen “A Walk in the Words” by Hudson Talbott for this year.  Find more information HERE!

What is Parnassus Day?

Parnassus Bookstore will be hosting our school community on Feb. 5th from 4-6pm for a shopping day where we will have a guest reader read students a story and a percentage of the proceeds from this event will be given back to JG. You can also earn bonus credits for attending!


What is Favorite Book Character Day?

This is a day to be creative and have fun! No need to buy a costume for this, just use what you have at home and think of some of your favorite characters and come dressed as one on Feb.10th.

What is the Hornet Heart Award?

The purpose of the Hornet Heart Reading Award is to celebrate students who have grown in their love of reading while at Julia Green. Each 4th grade student will have the opportunity to nominate themselves by writing an essay on the topic: How has your love of reading grown since attending Julia Green and how did Julia Green influence that?

Essays will be due Friday, Feb 10th.  They will be reviewed, and a winner will be announced at the closing assembly on Friday. 


Who are the Guest and Mystery Readers?

Community members from around Nashville, will be asked to come and read to our JG students during RAT! These guests make this event memorable in many ways and some of our very own JG parents will be allowed to come read to their child’s class if the schedule allows!

If you have any additional questions regarding 2023 RAT, please reach out to the event chairs by emailing or the emails listed below. 


Read-A-Thon 2023 Co-Chairs

Grace Johnson

 Jessica Staton

Rachael Sullivan

Corporate Sponsor Chair 

Katherine Merrill

read-a-thon committee
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