La Ballona Summer Read-a-thon

Classes are out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop learning and growing. The La Ballona PTA is holding a read-a-thon over the summer break to encourage our students to read and keep their minds sharp. If our students read a total of 300,000 minutes this summer, they can earn an ice cream party at the beginning of the next school year! That’s just 10 minutes of reading each day.

Students can also collect donations for every minute they read to help our school community. Each and every donation is crucial to achieving our goal of meeting every need for every student.

This event is run entirely by La Ballona volunteers, which means every dollar raised supports La Ballona students.

Classrooms can earn incentive prizes for reading and collecting donations:

  • Classrooms that achieve 100% participation (meaning every student has read at least 100 minutes) will earn a pajama day!
  • The classroom in each grade that reads the most will win a pizza party!

AND, if everyone together in the school reads a combined total of at least 300,000 minutes – that’s just about 10 minutes a day per child – the kids will get ice cream at the end of the first day of school!

La Ballona Summer Read-a-thon 2024

Find your student's page

Each student has their own page where they can track how much they’ve read and collect donations.

Click the button then find each page listed under the student’s first name and last initial.

Donations can be made for each minute your student reads OR as a flat donation.

Example 1: You can donate $1 for each minute Leo D. Lion spends reading books. If he reads for 10 minutes, your donation is $10. If he reads for 30 minutes, your donation is $30.

Example 2: You can donate $50 to Leo’s page, no matter how many minutes he spends reading.

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!

Getting Started

Each student will have a personal page they can use to track how much they read and collect donations. You can also record your daily reading using this downloadable tracker.

Parents, please check your email for a message from the La Ballona PTA. This email will contain a link to your student’s page and instructions for how to use it.

If you haven’t received our email, you can go to and find your student’s page on your own. Be sure to select the page that includes the name of your student’s teacher.

Your page can be shared with family and friends using Facebook, Twitter and email, all at the touch of a button! When you click on the email button, you’ll see a new message with sample text you can use to solicit donations. You can also use the sample text below. ⇓

Sample Fundraising Letter

Dear friends and family,

This summer, I will join my classmates from La Ballona Elementary School for a read-a-thon!

We are going to read as much as we can to keep learning all summer and raise money for our school.

Will you consider sponsoring me?

You can donate an amount for every minute I read OR you can make a single donation. The read-a-thon will go all summer and our goal is to read 10 minutes every day.

La Ballona Elementary School relies on generous support from our community to pay for enrichment programs, field trips, and all kinds of other things that public funding doesn’t cover. Please consider making a donation in support of our school!

[Don’t forget to include the link to your personal fundraising page!]




Estimados amigos y familiares,

Este verano, me unire con mis colegas de la escuela elementaria La Ballona para un maraton de lectura.

Vamos a leer tanto como podamos todo el verano para mantenernos en forma y recaudar fondos para nuestra escuela.

Le pido que considere patrocinar mi participación.

Se puede donar una cantidad por cada minuto que leo O donar una cantidad fija. El jog-a-thon va a durar todo el verano y nuestra meta es de leer 10 minutos cada dia.

La escuela elementaria La Ballona depende de las generosas contribuciones de nuestra comunidad para brindar programas de enriquecimiento, viajes de estudios, y muchas cosas más que los fondos del estado no cubren para nuestros alumnos. ¡Por favor considere donar para apoyar nuestra escuela!

[¡No se les olvide incluir en enlace para su página personal!]

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