Schuylerville Elementary School students plan to read as many minutes as they can in the month of March, in an effort to help seriously ill children and their families. It’s all part of the “Read for Ronald McDonald House” program, which raises funds to support the Albany Ronald McDonald House. Students attended a kickoff assembly on Thursday, Feb. 11, where they learned about the program and who they are helping.
“It’s a great opportunity for our students to help other children,” school counselor Cassandra Luthringer said. “The program furthers our district’s mission. It promotes the value of community service, while encouraging students to read.”
Students wishing to participate will be asking family and friends to sponsor them for any amount of money for every minute that they read during the month of March. Each day, students will keep track of the number of minutes they read on a special calendar. At the end of the month, they will go back to their sponsors, collect their donations, and return the donations to school. The donations will then be collected by a Ronald McDonald House representative to help benefit the families of the Albany Ronald McDonald House.
All student participants will receive a personalized participation certificate and three student representatives will be invited to attend the Awards for Excellence Celebration at the Albany Ronald McDonald House. A number of other prizes are available for participating students and schools.