Our read-a-thons are 100% digital which means hands-free, no-touch fundraising. Kids READ to raise money. There is absolutely no cost to schools, no door-to-door sales, no inventory, no cash to handle, and no army of volunteers required. In fact one coordinator could run an entire event with a little support from the school. AND… schools continue making money on book sales when the event is over.
- 100% Digital Read-a-thon or Bookfair
- Keep 100% of book premiums
- Keep 90% of all donations
- Students READ to raise money
- Promoting literacy even during Covid
- NO volunteers needed
- YOU decide how to spend your money, check, marketplace, or get an additional 20% with one of our publishers
A SpoonRead-a-thon is a 14-30 day reading challenge that begins with a high energy virtual assembly to motivate kids. Families purchase books for their readers, and can POWER UP their event by using our secure and easy-to-use donation software! Parents can reach out to friends and family to request pledges for their student’s reading. As students read and answer questions in the SpoonRead app, the system automatically tracks their individual, classroom, grade, and school progress. We offer prize packages for top readers so kids can compete to see who can read more!
Our CEO Bart Meltzer was very involved in school fundraising for more than 20 years and he was incredibly frustrated in his attempts to get his son to read. To help solve the reading problem one day he had an idea. He grabbed the book off the table and from the other room texted his son the first paragraph of the book. He followed that with another text asking him a question to see if he read it. The son answered the question correctly. So he did it again and again until together they had read the entire first chapter. As an engineer and a serial entrepreneur, Bart had a vision of what was possible. Two weeks later, the first somewhat primitive version of SpoonRead was born.
What he created is an innovative tool that schools can use to raise lots of money and get their kids to read more at the same time.