READ WITH US and fund kids' goals

We challenge kids and adults to READ SOMETHING on October 4-6, 2019

READ WITH US and fund kids' goals image


raised towards $28,900 goal




We challenge kids and adults to READ SOMETHING on October 4-6, 2019

The 10th Annual Readthon- Kids read a LOT. Will you read, too?

Did you know that the typical adult in America only reads 4 books a year?

At AcademyACL, our students ask, "How can that be?!"

We're raising great readers, and you can join us.

You, too, can READ SOMETHING- a book, a magazine, a script, an article- during Readathon weekend, and log your pages online. We want to read thousands of pages as a community of readers in the Pikes Peak Region and with friends around the world.

Picture this: Kids lined up and down the hall... in the gym... on the floors of classrooms and in camping chairs... kids in sleeping bags and curled up with parents... teachers sharing their favorite books and acting out Dr. Seuss... people around the region, the country, and the world, Reading, Reading, Reading and logging pages online.

Our 10th Annual Readathon is here!

This is our students' NUMBER ONE favorite event of the year, and it's our only all-school fundraiser. It is separate from the great work our PTO ("PAACL") does on various projects. We have even seen graduates of our school post about the Readathon with nostalgia on social media, and some of them come back to join the fun each year.

On October 4th, 2019 at 8:00am, students begin reading at school: listening to books out loud, reading their own, reading with partners, listening to audio books. Teachers, students, adults and community members begin tracking how many pages they can read between that time and 8:00pm on Sunday night, October 6, 2019.

Students also try to find community sponsors who will celebrate their reading with them. Their goal: 10 sponsors for $10 each. They get to reach out into our community and share all the good things they're doing at school, and they CELEBRATE READING.

She's read books by air, by land, by sea, by skates...

This year, where will she be?

"MAKE HER READ WITH A ZOO," they said!!

For even more fun, our Director accepts some sort of challenge from the students, that if they meet a fundraising goal before the event even starts, she'll do something outlandish on Readathon day. She has read in the glass awards case all day, read on the roof of the school (in the rain, and with a teacher, too!), read on live horseback, and read in a pool... or a dunk tank, to be precise. In 2018, she read on rollerskates!

THIS YEAR, the NEW CHALLENGE has been made. Mrs. Myers will be asked to READ WITH A ZOO on Readathon day if students meet their fundraising deadline by midnight, on the Wednesday before Readathon that starts Friday.

  • What kind of animals will Mrs. Myers have to find? What zoo animals will show up to school to listen to her read on Readathon day, if kids meet their goal of $15,500 by midnight on Wednesday, October 2?!

Stay tuned for their progress, join the fun, and help students find sponsors who want to read, read, read, too. Count your own reading pages that weekend, and log them so that we can see how much reading we accomplished that weekend! Contact for the log.

2019 School Goals

Goals for 2019 have been decided, by a Kids' Planning Team representing each homeroom class. They are targeting the dollars raised for: field trip transportation, supporting robotics and Geek Think Films (camera and green screen equipment), Battle of the Books limo ride and books, prizes for Readathon goals for kids, and 90% of the first big goal to support a new Reading Room and new furniture for the building's renovation and expansion project that begins in 2020.

If the fundraising goes really well, students set an additional goal to raise enough money to work with the artists at Concrete Couch to create a dragon for the playground where kids can climb and sit with the artwork. Additional playground goals will be targeted for the 2020 Readathon once the construction equipment for the renovation and expansion work is out of the way. Robotics team dollars go straight to Robotics' projects, but will count towards the Myers' Challenge!

You may choose to fund the general Readathon Challenge, or to designate for the Robotics team, specifically. Robotics also has its own community page for fundraising, available at

Please indicate the student or group of students you want to support with your sponsorship! Any amount helps.

AcademyACL is a free, nonprofit charter public school, and donations are tax-deductible.

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