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Day of Reading
OUR ANNUAL STUDENT FUNDRAISER
Kicked off Tuesday, March 3, with a school-wide walking parade
and culminated remotely on Friday, March 20 — the actual Day of Reading.

PAGE FOR SPONSORS TO DONATE  https://oakgroveschool.org/reading/

WHEN
On Friday, March 20, all Oak Grove students, faculty, staff, and participating parents planned to come to school in their jammies, along with a favorite stuffed toy and a treasured book. Older students would be paired with a buddy in the younger grades, for a day spent exploring the magic of words and pictures. Before then, each of our students was asked to request that their aunts, uncles, grandparents, and neighbors sponsor them to read (or be read to) on March 20, 2020.

Because of school closure and sheltering at home due to COVID-19, this day was changed to a reading day at home with families.

HOW
Fundraising officially began on Tuesday, March 3, and continued until March 20. Students (and parents) get sponsors in two ways:

  1. The sponsorship webpage: oakgroveschool.org/reading/
    Just type in the student’s name and complete the form.
  2. Directly, with one-on-one requests (like we did with candy sales or walkathons when we were kids). Each student was given a citrus-colored sponsorship envelope after the Day of Reading Launch Assembly.

WHAT
Day of Reading is the ONE opportunity for our students to raise money to support their school. In the past, our students have purchased many needed items through this annual fundraiser including: two of our vans, instruments for the music programs, art patios, new playground equipment, water fountains, stone Pavilion seating, and much, much more.

This year’s Day of Reading is different in a big way! With the $40,000 goal for proceeds raised by our students, the plan is to fund friendship benches and gardens, cooperative play and leisure equipment (outdoor leisure game sets, multi-sensory installations, etc.), a speaker series on Allyship and Equity, a butterfly garden, and many other innovative ideas. Additionally, we will donate 15% of the funds to Pacific Pride Foundation, a LGBTQ+ advocacy group.

The goal is to raise a total of $40,000.

Day of Reading Email Appeal Suggestions

  • Have the email be from the student (in first person) if possible
  • Use humor to make it fun
  • Include a photo or art (of the student’s) in the letter, if possible
  • Include the information that we are supporting INCLUSIVITY, and that 15% of the funds will be donated to Pacific Pride Foundation, a LGBTQ+ advocacy group.
  • Remind donors they can use a credit card through our website
  • Remind donors to direct funds to the student’s name
  • Include the student/child’s name in the subject line, so it catches the eye of the receiver

Example of 6th grade email appeal …

Subject: Max has a message for you.
(Be sure the website link is included, so they can simply click the link in your email to donate.)

Dear Grandma,

Please sponsor me to read at my school’s Day of Reading on March 20th. We are raising funds to support inclusivity. We will fund friendship benches and gardens, cooperative play and leisure equipment (outdoor leisure game sets, multi-sensory installations, etc.), a speaker series on Allyship and Equity, a butterfly garden, and many other innovative ideas. Additionally, we will donate 15% of the funds to Pacific Pride Foundation, a LGBTQ+ advocacy group.

Day of Reading is the ONLY student fundraiser we have all year at Oak Grove School, so your donation really means a lot.  Won’t you please click on the link below to learn more and make a credit card donation today.  Don’t forget to enter my name as the sponsored student, so you can see my class photo!

Go to: oakgroveschool.org/reading

Thanks so much, I love you!!
Max