West Clayton Elementary held its first Read-a-thon during the month of March to celebrate National Reading Month. A Read-a-thon is a fundraising program that brings students, families, and friends together to encourage reading and build literacy skills. Students logged the minutes they read at school and at home, collected donations from family and friends, and earned fun prizes for participating. Collectively, students read for over 160,513 minutes and raised almost $15,000 for their library! Some of the rewards included Kona Ice, a pizza party, a movie in the gym, extra recess, and silly-stringing Mrs. Lee, the media coordinator, during a school pep rally. Students enjoyed reading to buddy classes and the Readathon helped parents encourage their children to read more at home. One first grade parent wrote, "[My child] has always loved to read but this has motivated her to read more and she is finding more books that have piqued her interest. We wanted to let you know how great this was for her and the change we have seen in her - so Thank You for encouraging kids to read more!"