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October 28-November 10, 2022



Frequently Asked Questions

For Participants


What is the Read-A-Thon?

The SCEF Read-A-Thon is a free two-week program (Oct. 28-Nov. 10) where the San Carlos School District schools and families celebrate reading while also raising funds for our students. Participation is free and encouraged!  

How do I register my reader?

Register here! Then, share your reader’s pledge page with grandparents, other family, friends, and anyone else who would like to support your child’s reading!  Sign up with your personal email address.  Do NOT use a school district email address.


What happens Oct.28?

Start reading! Students can read or be read to, and can choose any reading material that suits them. News, poetry, comics; stories, biographies, explainers, books celebrating diversity, inclusion, kindness, social justice — all those minutes count! Readers and parents can log their reading minutes in the Reading Log on the student’s Pledgestar page.  Go to and Select “ENTER READERS.”  Then click on the Book icon under “READING LOG”


How much should my child try to read?

Choose a goal that is attainable, yet makes the reader stretch to achieve it. See suggested minutes per day by grade here.


Where can I find books for my reader?

Your school librarian is a great resource for ideas and recommendations.  And please see the READING INSPIRATION section of this website for resources. The San Carlos Public Library has organized reading lists on social justice, anti-racism, and celebration of diversity. The Reading Bug also has reading lists and a big collection of books from which to choose.  During October/November, the Reading Bug will donate to SCEF 10% of the sales of any books on their kindness and inclusion reading list.  


Our shared Read-A-Thon goals:

  1. Build a love of reading with our students and raise money for our schools.

  2. Get to 100% student sign-up/participation across the district.

  3. Raise $200,000 for our San Carlos public schools. See our progress here!

For Donors


How do I and others contribute to my reader’s fundraising goal?

Donate directly on the reader’s online pledge page, and share the link with friends and family! Donations are tax deductible, and no amount is too small. All parent donations count toward annual SCEF giving and are eligible for employee matching. After you register, if you are seeking donations, you can send out donation requests to friends and family.


To make a donation to your own child, please go to the Add Family & Friends + Track Donations section to add yourself as a donor and receive a donation request to make your own pledge.  The "Donate Now!" button and social media options become available, after you add yourself.


Will I get a receipt for my donation?

SCEF will send a donation receipt to all people who donate as long as they have supplied their email address so we can reach them.


Can I make a donation by check?

Yes. Make checks payable and mail to: SCEF, San Carlos Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1214, San Carlos, CA 94070. Write “Read-A-Thon donation” in the memo line.

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