I've signed up, what now?
So you've signed up to do the MS Read-A-Thon, thank you! Now it's time to get reading and start collecting sponsors. Here's all you need to know about participating in the MS Read-A-Thon.
- Your teacher will have provided you with a Minute Tracking Sheet and a Student Pledge Sheet.
- Put your name, school information and teacher's name on your Minute Tracking Sheet and Student Pledge Sheet. This is really important for the MS Read-A-Thon team because it will make sure that we know who to thank!
- Tell your family and friends that you are participating in the MS Read-A-Thon. Ask them to sponsor you for a set amount or an amount of money for each minute that you read.
- Record your sponsors' names and addresses on your MS Read-A-Thon Student Pledge Sheet.
- Fill in the hourglass on the Minute Tracking Sheet to track your progress.
- At the end of the reading period (due date listed on the Minute Tracking Sheet), collect the money from your sponsors for the minutes that you read. Don't forget to thank them for helping you raise money for people living with multiple sclerosis!
- Once all of your money is collected, hand it in to your teacher along with your fully completed Minute Tracking Sheet and Student Pledge Sheet.
Thank you - all of those books that you read will help raise money for people with multiple sclerosis!
Tips for collecting pledges
Top 10 fundraising tips from successful MS Read-A-Thon participants:
|Talk to friends and family soon after the MS Read-A-Thon assembly and explain what you are doing for people with MS. Ask politely if they would like to sponsor you.|
|Make a list of all the adults you know.|
|Sponsor yourself $1.00 to show your sponsors that you believe in yourself.|
|Write down one thing you learned about MS and tell it to your friends and family.|
|Decide how many minutes you think you can read for the MS Read-A-Thon, and tell your sponsors.|
|Write a short note to friends and family to explain the MS Read-A-Thon and why you need to get sponsors.|
|Ask mom or dad to take your sponsor list to their work.|
|Call grandma, grandpa, aunts and uncles (near and far).|
|Take your kit with you wherever you go: to soccer practice, the dentist, church, but don't lose it!|
|Smile and feel good about what you are doing for people who have MS.|
What kind of books should I read? The books you read can be about anything that interests you: sports, mysteries, etc. You can read magazines or online news pages as well.
Where do I get the books? From home, your school or your local library.
How many books should I read? As many as you can!
What if I read enough minutes to fill the hourglass? Put the total number of minutes read on the Minute Tracking Sheet.
May I count a book that I have already started? Yes!
Do I have to read to other people? No! You can read to yourself or you can read to your parents or even help a younger sibling read.
Who should I ask to be my sponsor? Go to people you know: parents, friends, neighbours, relatives. Do not approach strangers.
How many sponsors should I get? As many as you wish.
How much should a sponsor pledge? Whatever they wish. They can sponsor on a per book/minute basis or give a flat rate. It is a good idea to let your sponsor know how many books you are planning to read.
How is the money used? The money that is raised through the MS Read-A-Thon will go towards research and providing services to people who have MS.