2017 READ-A-THON:  “Wild West:  Saddle Up & Read!”

The 3rd Annual Salem Elementary Read-a-thon will be starting soon! The Read-a-thon is a 2 week event that promotes a love of reading amongst the students. This year’s theme is “Wild West: Saddle Up & Read.”

We have a lot of great activities planned, including:

  • Read for Minutes:  A school-wide competition to see which classrooms can read the most minutes over a 2 week period.  Students can also be sponsored by friends and family to read more via our fundraiser.
    • Tracks 2 & 3:  October 9th – 20th
    • Tracks 1 & 4: October 23rd – November 3rd
  • Book Fair: Come out and refresh your home library by shopping at our Scholastic Book Fair.  The Book Fair will be held in the Media Center from October 16th – 27th.
  • Family Night: Join us on October 25th from 6-7:30pm for a fun evening of reading activities for the WHOLE family, including Bedtime Stories read by your favorite teachers (dressed as book characters!), a Make Your Own Bookmark Craft table, Parent Info Sessions, and MUCH MORE!
  • Character Parade:Students will dress as their favorite book characters and march in a parade through the school.  Parents are welcome to attend! (Tracks 2 & 3 on October 13th  & Tracks 1 & 4 on Oct. 25th; 9:30am)
  • Used Book Drive:  Donate your gently used children’s books to help fellow Salem families build their home libraries.  Drop off in the Main Lobby between October 16th – 27th.


During Read-a-thon, all K-2 classes will have an Author Visit with local children’s book author, Adam Jones.  Mr. Jones recently released his new children’s book “Cecil and the Big Wave!”  He will read from his new book and answer student questions about what it is like to write a children’s book.

Visit Dates: October 11, 2017:  Tracks 2 & 3 (Note: NEW DATE**);   November 1, 2017:  Tracks 1 & 4

As part of this visit, you have the OPTION to purchase the book and have it signed by the author.  Purchase and Signing Instructions are as follows (see also this AUTHOR VISIT FLYER):
  • Go to purchase the book via (It is Prime Eligible, so shipping is free if you are a Prime member.) Cost: $17.97.
  • Please order with enough time to arrive at your home before your child’s session date!
  • On the day of your child’s session, please send the book in with your child.  Have your child give the book to his/her teacher first thing in the morning.
  • Your signed copy will be returned home with your student.

** Due to the rescheduled date, if you have ordered your book based on the original 10/18 date and don’t receive it in time for the new 10/11 date, we can still arrange for your book to be signed during the Nov 1st visit.


We could use a few extra hands to help set-up and run our Book Fair.  Please see our Book Fair Sign-Up to see ways and times that you can help.  Thank you!

Other fun and exciting activities are planned – keep an eye out for more information to be sent home with your student.  Yee Haw! Let’s get ready to read!!

What’s a Read-a-thon?

A Read-a-thon is a reading event that takes place over approximately 2 weeks per track in the Fall. It encourages children to read for pleasure – it motivates reluctant readers to give reading a go, and eager readers to read more widely.  At Salem, each class will be tracking the number of minutes they read and a school-wide tally will be announced.  Special-themed ‘Reading for Minutes’ activities will take place in each classroom.

 The PTA and staff will also conduct special school-wide activities based on the theme to attract the attention of the students and keep them excited about reading.  Past examples include Author Day, Character Dress Up Day, and more.

 The Read-a-thon is also a fundraising activity for the PTA.  Students may ask family and friends to sponsor them in their reading via the Read-a-thon website.  We will also be holding the Book Fair, including a Family Night, during this time.  All proceeds will go to the PTA to help support student activities throughout the year.