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Amy Millslagle and Holly Farley 

2018 Read-A-Thon Co-Chairs

RAT is an 11-day reading marathon from Friday, January 26 – Monday, February 5.  Students are asked to read as many books as they can to help improve literacy skills and raise money for JG by obtaining sponsors.


RAT preparation will kick off Monday, November 20th as students will start learning the song “Words Are Your Wheels.” The song title will serve as the theme for RAT 2018 and the children will also perform it at future RAT assemblies. A free MP3 and the lyrics are available for download below. Download the Read-A-Thon parent letter for more information.

How to Contribute:

  • Give the Gift of Reading and provide your student with a personalized message in their Read-A-Thon booklet! When you Give the Gift of REading, your gift total is included in your student's sponsorship totals.

  • Buy your student a Read-A-Thon t-shirt! These soft and cozy long-sleeve t-shirts feature the 2018 Read-A-Thon logo and are sure to be a big hit with students! (Please note: some sponsorships include complimentary t-shirts.)

  • Read with your child during Read-A-Thon! Winter is a great time to snuggle up with a good book. Encourage them often, and have fun!

  • Record books daily in book log and return to school each day. Don't forget to sign off on the books your student has read!

  • Encourage honest participation! Literacy is something that will stick with your student forever. Encourage them to read books on their level.

  • Be familiar with the Read-A-Thon credit system and club levels to ensure your child’s success. 

  • Do you own or work at a business or company that would be interested in becoming a Read-A-Thon Corporate Sponsor? Our corporate sponsors receive many benefits and special recognition.

Timeline of Events:​

  • Week of November 27th - Give the Gift of Reading Kick-Off

  • Week of November 27th - Ms. Riley starts teaching "Words Are Your Wheels" in Music

  • Wednesday, December 6 - Give the Gift of Reading email is sent to families, grandparents, and special friends.

  • Monday, January 8th – T-Shirt, Bookmark and Sponsorship deadline to receive recognition 

  • Tuesday, January 9th @ 8:15 AM – Reading Room Parent Meeting

  • Wednesday, January 10th – Book cover contest flyer distributed

  • Monday, January 22nd – Book Cover Contest Submissions Due

  • Tuesday/Wednesday, January 23rd& 24th – Book covers hung and judged

  • Wednesday, January 24th – T-shirts distributed  

  • Friday, January 26th – RAT Kick off

    • RAT T-Shirt day

    • RAT Booklets and books distributed

    • Kick off Assembly

    • Book Cover Contest Winners Announced

  • Sunday, January 28th @ 2:30-4:30 PM – Parnassus Day, 20% of proceeds benefit JG

  • Tuesday, January 30 – Counting Day #1

  • Wednesday, January 31 – Theme Day “Llama Llama Wear Your Pajamas”

  • Friday, February 2 – Counting Day #2

  • Monday, February 5th – RAT ends at 8 PM

  • Tuesday, February 6 – Last Counting Day

  • Book Log, Sponsor Sheet, & all money are due

  • Friday, February 9 – Celebration Assembly! Phil Vassar & friends will sing “Words Are Your Wheels” with students

    • Teacher Appreciation Breakfast – 7:30 AM

    • RAT T-shirt day

    • All school assembly – 1:45 PM

*Guest readers will visit Julia Green from Monday, Jan 29 – Friday, Feb 2​



  • If you are a new to Julia Green and need more information, PLEASE reach out with questions!

2018 Read-A-Thon Committee

Holly FarleyAmy Millslagle

RAT Co-Chairs

Designer: Ellie Throop 

Finance Chair: Leah  Moss

Online Fundraising: Colleen  McCanless 

Printing Chair: Beth Johnson - Printing Chair

Room Parent Coordinator: Gina Duvall 

Assemblies: Rachel Herbert 

Corporate Sponsorships: Hilary Stimart, Brandy Abruzzo, and Lynn Brown 

Incentives: Karen  Hutcheson, Courtney Robers, Allison Schuafele, and Ashna Tipnis 

Guest Readers: Renee Smith, Callen Martin, and Katy Dieckhaus 

Book Cover Contest: Cami Stoddard and 

Shelby  Ruehling

Motivation Messages: Christine Lowry and Elizabeth Sheets 

Decorations: Emily Byram and Meg White 

Teacher AppreciationLouisa Altman and Monty Steele  

RRP Counting Days: Laura Reynolds 

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