The Wilton Education Foundation announced another successful year of its annual “Reading Rocks!” program, raising over $40,000 for Wilton Public Schools thanks to the participation of more than 1,100 students. The Reading Rocks! fundraiser encourages children in grades preK-5 to have fun while reading in a non-competitive manner, all while raising money for WEF, and the Wilton Public Schools. This year’s tally helps put the total raised through Reading Rocks! since its inception six years ago at more than $240,000 to directly benefit the Wilton School system.

Reading Rocks! co-chairs Julie Steckel and Kiki Cross said, “It is a great honor to organize such a remarkable program that not just celebrates literacy but also encourages children to grow a love for reading, while simultaneously giving back to our schools.”

The program gets kids excited about reading through fun events like “Book Character Day” and “Dress Like a Rock Star Day” at both Miller-Driscoll and Cider Mill Schools. Students and faculty alike take advantage of celebrating with fantastic costumes and accessories every year. As in years past, Cider Mill the students were also treated to a great teacher-led concert which had all the students cheering that Reading truly does Rock.

Incentives were also offered at each school by grade (in Miller-Driscoll) and house (in Cider Mill) based on the percentage of involvement. Through a random drawing among participants based on the number of pledges obtained, WEF gave away one iPad across grades preK-5 to Colin Smith, and awarded one Kindle Fire per grade at Miller-Driscoll and one per house at Cider Mill. Kindle Fire winners were Conor Wolff, Noah Peck, Jacob Siegel, Jake Brokaw, Mia Robustelli and Morgan Kowski.

The Wilton Education Foundation extended thanks to the Stroup family for sponsoring this program. In addition the co-chairs shared, “We are so grateful to all who have supported Reading Rocks!–our teachers, the administration, our amazing volunteers, and most importantly the hard working students and their supportive families and friends–for making this just one of many successes for the Wilton Education Foundation!”

Cider Mill principal Jennifer Mitchell and assistant principal Catherine O’Keefe think Reading Rocks!
Cider Mill principal Jennifer Mitchell and assistant principal Catherine O’Keefe think Reading Rocks!