All students in grades pre K-5 are invited to participate in the Wilton Education Foundation’s fun and non-competitive Read-A-Thon, “Reading Rocks!” The program’s goal is to encourage children to have fun reading while raising money for WEF, and all proceeds benefit Wilton’s public schools. The program will kick off next Monday, Jan. 8 at both Miller Driscoll and Cider Mill Schools.

Students at both schools will bring home registration and pledge forms on Monday. Pledges and money are due back to school on “Dress Like a Rock Star Day,” Friday, Feb. 2. The reading period begins on Saturday, Feb. 3 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 17.

Children will be able to choose their own goal for this Read-A-Thon. The goal is completely up to you and your child. Some ideas include:  independent reading; reading with an adult or sibling; flipping through a picture book; reading via Skype with a far-away relative…truly, anything goes!

This is the 7th year of the “Reading Rocks!” program! Within the first six years, “Reading Rocks!” has raised more than $240,000 in total for Wilton schools. This effort has helped WEF fund SMARTBoard purchases and installation, iGenius teacher training, I-STEM equipment purchases, a Starlab portable planetarium, an iPad Learning Lab, the iPad Institute, professional development for our teachers, literacy initiatives in Miller-Driscoll and Cider Mill, performing arts programs and more.

WEF organizes the program, which has been sponsored by Wilton’s Stroup Family.