Glenview Elementary's 20th Annual
February 20 - March 7, 2018


Total Minutes Read: 303,535 minutes
Total Raised: $93,025


The Read-a-Thon is one of three main fundraising efforts at Glenview each year. We are raising money to pay for our chromebooks, music program, PE program, reading intervention program, social-emotional learning, and so much more.  Without fundraising, these programs would not exist for our kids.

The goal is to raise $85,000 which averages out to $225 per Glenview student. If your child can raise $225 as a minimum (or even more!)…..great! If not, please do what you can, because EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS.

We hope you have a good time reading and helping our school raise money!
This year we will celebrate Glenview’s Day of Literacy on Wednesday, March 7th .
Authors, parents, and other community members come read in the classrooms. All reading logs and donations are due for the Read-A-Thon on Wednesday, March 7th.

During these two weeks, every single student will read for fun and help the school raise $85,000 in the process. Our second goal is to collectively read 200,000 minutes.

Information packets will be coming home Tuesday, February 20th!!

Calling all GRIFFIN READERS! Let's soar into our 20th year of the Read-a-Thon by breaking all records! Can we read 200,000 minutes over two weeks? Can we raise over $85,000?

Thank you to our sponsor, Park Burger, for printing all of our Read-a-Thon materials and hosting TWO nights where 15% of their proceeds comes back to our school. 

Important Dates!!

Tuesday, February 20th - Read-a-Thon packets go home.

Tuesday, February 20th
– Park Burger (4218 Park Blvd.) will donate 15% of the night’s proceeds to the Read-a-Thon. 

Saturday, February 24th – Scholastic Book Fair Special Event, at Glenview @ Santa Fe. Come purchase books to read for your reading log. 

Sunday, February 25th -  Ultimate Grounds (4225 Park Blvd.) will give away coffee and baked treats to anyone at the café who donates $5 to the Read-a-Thon.

Sunday, February 25th -  Relic Movement (4231 Park Blvd. ) will host a free family yoga day during the coffee hours. All donations will go towards the Glenview Read-a-Thon

Sunday, March 4th – Again, Park Burger will generously donate 15% of sales to the Read-a-Thon.

Wednesday, March 7th – Celebration of Literacy. Special guest readers will visit each classroom to read books and to share stories with the kids. Wear PJ's to school, if you like.

Wednesday, March 7th – The Read-a-Thon Ends. Turn in your donations and reading log for prizes and for the satisfaction of it all.

Stay tuned for more information about this next chapter of the Glenview chronicles. Please contact the Read-a-Thon Team with questions, or to volunteer to lend a hand:

Snapp Shots: Glenview Elementary's little readers aim to raise $65K for PTA
By Martin Snapp

POSTED:   02/12/2014 
Would you kiss a slug for $65,000?

Chelsea Toller would. And she'll even eat a cricket, too. (No word on whether she prefers them deep-fried or chocolate covered.) Toller is the principal of Glenview Elementary School in Oakland, and she has promised her kids that if they raise $65,000 in pledges for the Glenview PTA during the annual Glenview Read-A-Thon, she'll kiss the slug and munch the cricket, and they can all watch and say, "Eeee-uwww!"

Sixty-five grand might seem like a daunting goal, but it's actually doable: The kids raised $62,000 last year. And every penny is desperately needed to fill the funding gaps created by the state's cuts in its contribution to local school districts. Without that money, Glenview would have to get rid of its school librarian, instrumental music programs, anti-bullying programs and empowerment programs for girls.

For the next two weeks, the children will fan out through the neighborhood, knocking on doors and asking people to sponsor them in reading at least a half-hour every night and carefully keeping logs of their progress.

Every effort is made to make it safe and pleasant for them. For example, they're only allowed to knock on the doors of people they know, and they must be accompanied by an adult they know personally.

And at the end of the two weeks they'll be rewarded with an all-day party called the Celebration of Literacy on Feb. 28, which is the closest Friday to Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2 (he would have been 110 this year). On that day, they'll be allowed to put away their schoolwork and do nothing but read for sheer pleasure. The littlest ones usually make "forts" in the middle of the classroom, crawl inside and read, read, read to their hearts' content. It's beyond cute.

The kids also invite outsiders to come in and read aloud to them, including local writers (like me), artists and politicians. But to tell the truth, the readers who impress them most are Oakland cops and firefighters and student athletes from Cal. The Read-A-Thon has a dual purpose: to raise money and to teach the kids that reading is fun.

"As much as we need the money, what we really want is every kid reading," says Read-A-Thon co-chair Alicia von Kugelin.

Most of the teachers are offering incentives -- not for collecting pledges, but for reading. Third grade teacher John Miller has told his kids that if 100 percent of them log at least a half-hour of reading every night, he'll let them watch while he gets his head shaved. And every classroom that achieves its 100 percent reading goal will get a pizza party, courtesy of Red Boy Pizza.

If you'd like to support the Read-A-Thon, you can do it online by going to glenviewelementary.organd clicking on the "Donate Now" button or by sending a check made out to "Glenview PTA" to Glenview Elementary School, 4215 La Cresta Ave., Oakland CA 94602.

In addition, ParkBurger on Park Boulevard will donate a portion of the day's proceeds on Tuesday, and Ultimate Grounds will give a free cup of coffee on Feb. 23 to everyone who donates to the Read-A-Thon.

Read on, Macduff!

Reach Martin Snapp at