Read-A-Thon 2021 — EXTENDED!

Kernsville’s Read-A-Thon will now run from February 8 – March 12. While this is the PTO’s only fundraiser of the 2020-2021 academic year, our main goal is to promote a love for reading in our students. All students are welcome and encouraged to participate, so please review the following information with your child so they can join in the fun!
We’re excited to announce that Kernsville’s “One School One Book” program will run concurrently with this year’s Read-A-Thon. All students will be receiving a copy of “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate, and the entire school will read the book together!

  1. READING LOG AND PLEDGE FORM: Please help your child keep track of his/her reading times each day on the Reading Log in the PDF linked below. *PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LAST DAY TO LOG MINUTES HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, MARCH 12. Students who choose to fundraise may obtain sponsors (family, friends, neighbors) to support their reading. Please use the Pledge Sheet linked in the PDF below for recording sponsor names and monetary pledges. Pledges can be given per minute OR a flat pledge may be given – whatever is easier! Because of the pandemic, we will not be asking families to return hard copy Reading Logs and Pledge Forms. Instead, please enter your TOTAL MINUTES READ and TOTAL PLEDGES COLLECTED in the Google Form at no later than FRIDAY, MARCH 19.
    • Reading before and after school counts.
    • Being read to by other people counts as long as it isn’t at school.
    • Reading aloud to a pet counts.
    • Reading aloud to other people counts. If you happen to read to someone who is also participating in the Read-A-Thon, it counts for both of you!
    • Reading on the bus counts.
    • Reading under the bed covers, with a flashlight late at night counts (but only on the weekend and if it is okay with your parents.)
    • Reading during class does not count.
    • Reading before the official beginning of Read-A-Thon does not count.
    • No guessing minutes. Please look at the clock or use a timer or stopwatch to clock your minutes.
    The last day to log minutes has been extended to Friday, March 12!
  3. PRIZES:
    • ALL participants will receive a certificate and bookmark for participating in Read-a-Thon!
    • “Top Honors” medals will be given to students who BOTH fundraise AND reach the following reading goals:
    • Grades K-2: 250 minutes over the three-week time frame
    • Grades 3-5: 500 minutes over the three-week time frame
    • In addition, there are two “Top Prizes” which are the “Top Reader” and the “Top Fundraiser”. Each top prize winner will receive a $25 Spring Book Fair voucher!
    • Only students who fundraise are eligible for the “Top Prizes”.
    • The class in EACH grade level that reads the most minutes will receive a class reward.
  4. DUE DATES: Both the Total Minutes Read and Total Pledges Collected must be submitted online at: by Friday, March 19 in order to be eligible for “Top Honors” medals and “Top Prizes”. Pledge payments must also be returned by this date. Submit your total pledge $ collected at by Friday, March 19. Due to the pandemic, we cannot accept cash donations. Pledge payments may be made by check to KERNSVILLE PTO. Your check may be returned to school in an envelope marked “Read-A-Thon” along with the student’s name, grade and teacher, or mailed to: Kernsville PTO, 5051 Kernsville Rd., Orefield, PA 18069. You may also submit your pledge payment via PayPal by visiting: *Please include the student’s name in the notes section of PayPal. **If a family has more than one student participating, we encourage submitting a single check or PayPal payment for the combined amount of all their students’ pledges. Each student should still submit a separate Google Form for minutes read and pledge $ collected.

One and Only Ivan Canvas Painting

Our very popular Canvas and Cookies event is back for Read a Thon! Angela Faidley, owner of Out of Our Minds Art Studio, will be offering us a virtual option of “Art with Angela.”  Join us to paint this picture of our Kernsville Reads Together book character Ivan! 

Reserve your canvas and supplies by signing up here and then head over to to make your payment. There will be a Kernsville button and a Buy Now option.  Please note the special instructions if you are purchasing multiple canvases. The cost for this event is $10/canvas.  Because of COVID, we are only accepting payment through Angela’s web-site – Please DO NOT send payment to the school with your child. 

A bag with all of your supplies will be made and reserved for you. Pick up for your supplies will be Friday, February 19 from 4-5:30 p.m. in front of the school. Please come through the circle and stay in your car and your bag(s) will be handed to you. You will be sent instructions on how to access the instructional art lesson video.  Since this isn’t a “live” event, you can do it at your own convenience!  Sign-up for this event will close Feb 16th to allow time for supplies to be ordered and prepared.  Once you have completed your canvas painting please send a picture of you and your art to

We can’t wait to see your painting!