Daycroft Students "Read for a Cause" and Raise Over $1,000

Funds Raised Will Buy Children's Books for Low-Income Families

Ann Arbor, MI (April 14, 2009) – Last month, students at Daycroft Montessori School of Ann Arbor took on and accomplished some ambitious reading objectives – and advanced the love of reading for many of the area's less-fortunate children in the process.

The occasion was Daycroft's annual "Read for a Cause" initiative, in which students obtained and redeemed monetary pledges from family members and friends keyed to the students' abilities to meet their reading commitments for the month of March.

Through Daycroft's Spring Break, which ended last Friday, April 10, students had generated $1,078.50 from 21 pledges – a significant increase over the $827 raised by 16 participating students in Daycroft's "Read for a Cause" effort from March of last year. "More contributions from additional student pledges may still come in," noted Lissa Main, Daycroft's library and technology coordinator.

The Daycroft students who raised the most money through their "March Is Reading Month" reading pledges were:

  • Katie Wolber, 3rd grade, $179 raised
  • Henry Kiley, 1st grade, $170 raised

Funds raised are being used to buy new children's books for the Family Book Club (www.family bookclub.com) of Washtenaw County. This non-profit, charitable organization is dedicated to assuring that all of the area's children, regardless of their family circumstances or means, can realize the joy and value of reading. The Family Book Club donates thousands of children's books to the area's low-income families each year.

"We've given the funds directly to the Family Book Club," said Main, "because they get much better deals on books than we can. This makes the contributions stretch much further."

"Reading Month" at Daycroft

The charitable drive was part of "March Is Reading Month" at Daycroft. Each year in March, the Daycroft community makes a special effort to celebrate the importance and pleasure of reading. All of last month, Daycroft students logged their at-home reading time. Although Main continues to compile the final tally of students' total reading time, she can already point to some impressive achievements:

  • At Daycroft's elementary school campus on Zeeb Road, 95 out of 122 students – 78 percent – met or exceeded their individual reading goals.
  • One kindergarten student read for 1,375 minutes – just short of 23 hours. This amounted to almost an hour a day of reading over the 25 days of the challenge – well above the 15 minutes per day (or 375 minutes in total) targeted for students at the kindergarten level.
  • At the Grades 1-2 level, the highest individual reading time was 2,160 minutes (36 hours). This compared to the individual goal of 500 minutes (8.25 hours at 20 minutes per day) at the Grades 1-2 level.
  • At the Grades 3-4 level, the individual high was 3,325 minutes (55 hours), as compared to the individual goal of 625 minutes (10.5 hours or 25 minutes per day).
  • At the Grades 5-6 level, the individual high was 3,930 minutes (65.5 hours), as compared to the individual goal of 750 minutes (12.5 hours or 30 minutes per day).

"Turn Off Your Media (and Read!)"

In another "Reading Month" activity, students participated in Daycroft's "Turn-Off-Your-Media (and Read)!" Challenge by pledging to abstain from all electronic entertainment for seven consecutive days. Exceptions to the no-electronics rule were for listening to music and when assigned homework required the use of electronic media.

Students who successfully met the "Turn-Off-Your-Media (and Read)!" Challenge earned a $5 gift certificate toward purchases at Daycroft's annual Book Fair, which happened March 30 through April 3. In addition, each student who attained his or her "March Is Reading Month" target for total reading time received another $5 gift certificate.

The awards were courtesy of the Daycroft Parent Guild, supporters of "March Is Reading Month" and many other school events and activities.

About Daycroft Montessori School

Daycroft Montessori School is one of Washtenaw County’s leading independent schools. It began as a preschool program in 1968. Since then, Daycroft has grown to include a full-day kindergarten program, an elementary school program through 6th grade, before-school and after-school care, summer camp programs, and enrichment classes.

Daycroft Elementary School (grades K through 6) and Daycroft’s administrative offices are located at 1095 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Phone: (734) 662-3335.

Daycroft Preprimary School (preschool and kindergarten) is at 100 E. Oakbrook Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Phone: (734) 930-0333.

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