Digital Organizer Dashboard – Hammonds Plains Consolidated School

THIS DASHBOARD WILL MAKE RUNNING YOUR “READ-A-THON” EVENT REALLY EASY!

What’s included:
Your Read-A-Thon Fundraising Event Logo
Your Master Fundraising Campaign Link
• Your Read-A-Thon Kick-Off Video Link
Your Read-A-Thon Timeline
Great News!
Your Social Media Toolkit
Mind Growth Education Reading Log Login Information
Ways To Do One Reading Session A Day!
Goodies
FAQ (Frequently Asked Question)

Warm regards,
Isabelle – Your Mind Growth Education Representative


YOUR “READ-A-THON” CAMPAIGN LOGO


Click here to download it!


YOUR MASTER FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN LINK
Here is the link to your school’s master campaign page:

https://fundrazr.com/hammondsplainsreadathon

*Your master campaign page is not yet launched – launching at 12:01am on March 7th, 2022.

You could start sharing the link on your social media outlets, via email campaigns or even by text – Just make sure it is visible to everyone for the best result! Research shows you can make up to 80% more money when people can contribute online!

How do I find a class’ campaign link? Click on your school’s master campaign page and at the bottom of the page, click on the class!  You can share the link(s) by clicking anywhere on the following bar on the campaign page!
I will be updating the “followers/subscribers” on your master campaign page a few times during the week with encouraging messages and assigning weekend homework ;).


YOUR “READ-A-THON” KICK-OFF VIDEO LINK


YOUR “READ-A-THON” TIMELINE
Hammonds Plains Consolidated School Read-A-Thon Event:

Monday, March 7th, 2022 to Friday, March 11th, 2022

  • Five (5) days of “Fundraising” starting Monday, March 7th, 2022 to Friday, March 11th, 2022: Your school’s families start advertising/promoting their class’ link as much as possible on their social media outlets, by email or even by text.
  • Simultaneously, five (5) days of the “Read-A-Thon” starting Monday, March 7th, 2022 to Friday, March 11th, 2022: Students begin reading and logging in their minutes in their Mind Growth Education’s reading log sheet. The challenge is: CAN THE STUDENTS OF HAMMONDS PLAINS CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL READ ACROSS CANADA IN JUST 5 DAYS?
  • The last day of the “Read-A-Thon” is Friday, March 11th, 2022: Their teacher will enter all of the accumulated total of minutes read on their digital Mind Growth Education “Read Across Canada” reading log program to see if they’ve collectively read across Canada and have completed the challenge. *The handing out of the prizes (if there are any), certificate of achievements will be up to the appointed organizer to organize on their own terms.

A LIST OF WAYS TO MAKE YOUR “READ-A-THON” THE BEST EVER!
Please make sure you read through the following list for ideas on how to make your “Read-A-Thon” the best ever!

COMMUNICATION IS KEY!

• Promote your master campaign page! Share, share, share!
• Consider creating a campaign video! Campaigns with a video raise more money. It’s not hard to see why. Videos are eye-catching, persuasive, and very, very shareable. Record one now to tell your fundraising story. Check out this video to find out how to make your video more effective: https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3awaLUcjaA


YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT
Purpose: Your social media toolkit contains information and resources to push out and amplify your campaign on all of your social media platforms. This method can be an incredibly powerful way to expand your reach. Please note: These are just suggestions but could help your posts be compelling and engaging!

Suggested Social Media Post, Email or even Newsletter Wording: 

Dear friends and family,

Hammonds Plains Consolidated School’s PTA is hosting a Read-A-Thon fundraiser in partnership with Mind Growth Education to raise money which will go back into the school for various needs. Participants will need to raise funds for 5 days while simultaneously read books to try to gain enough reading minutes to virtually travel across Canada! This “Read-A-Thon” Fundraising Event starts on Monday, March 7th, 2022 and ends on Friday, March 11th, 2022. 85% of the profits will go to our school, courtesy of Mind Growth Education. In addition to raising funds for our school, the non-profit organization, One Tree Planted will plant a tree for every 25% of the reading challenge a class completes along our “Read Across Canada” reading adventure route. There’s no extra work or cost for the student/families/school — Just make sure the participants keep reading!

Mind Growth Education is a company that has a big passion for improving literacy in Canada. We are excited to work with them to help raise money for our school and to show children the importance of reading and global reforestation!

Can you help us reach our goal of $1,500 by contributing to our event and then sharing the link on your social media today? Click on the following link https://fundrazr.com/hammondsplainsreadathon to do so!

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,
(Enter name here)

Hashtags: 

#mindgrowtheducationfundraiser
#hammondsplainsreadathon
#hammondsplainslectureothon


Sample of Other Social Media Post Wording (For Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.):

We are asking friends and family to help our school, Hammonds Plains Consolidated School, complete Mind Growth Education’s challenge of “Reading Across Canada” in five (5) days. Please sponsor us by contributing to our “Read-A-Thon” Fundraising Event. #hammondsplainsreadathon
Help us “read across Canada”! Please contribute today! #hammondsplainsreadathon
Last day of #hammondsplainsreadathon! Help us reach our fundraising goal before midnight!

Read-A-Thon Business Sponsorship Letter/Email Sample:
Date: ____________________________________

Dear local business ____________________________________,

Hammonds Plains Consolidated School’s PTA is hosting a Read-A-Thon fundraiser in partnership with Mind Growth Education to raise money which will go back into the school for various needs. Participants will need to raise funds for 5 days while simultaneously read books to try to gain enough reading minutes to virtually travel across Canada! This “Read-A-Thon” Fundraising Event starts on Monday, March 7th, 2022 and ends on Friday, March 11th, 2022. 85% of the profits will go to our school, courtesy of Mind Growth Education. In addition to raising funds for our school, the non-profit organization, One Tree Planted will plant a tree for every 25% of the reading challenge a class completes along our “Read Across Canada” reading adventure route. There’s no extra work or cost for the student/families/school — Just make sure the participants keep reading!

Mind Growth Education is a company that has a big passion for improving literacy in Canada. We are excited to work with them to help raise money for our school and to show children the importance of reading and global reforestation!

We are ready to read! Would you like to sponsor our school?

If so, please go to http://fundrazr.com/hammondsplainsreadathon to contribute!

Thank you so much for your sponsorship!

Great Things Happen When You Read!

Save the Date & Link Image:

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Newsletter for Parents:


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Parent Reminder Image:

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Friendly Event Reminder Images:

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Suggested Thank You Social Media Post, Email or even Newsletter Wording:
Thank you for your support during our Read-A-Thon fundraiser. The final numbers are in! Thanks to your generosity, 85% of the proceeds will go directly to our school!

Total Reading Minutes Completed: 44,211 minutes
Total Raised: $3,201.00
Net to Our School: $2,720.85
Real Trees Planted: 47

We are incredibly proud of our students and the amazing ways they showed their love of reading.

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Final Overview Poster


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MIND GROWTH EDUCATION READING LOG PROGRAM

#1: Here are the paper-based reading log sheets for your students:

*For your English students, please click here to download and print.
*For your French students, please click here to download and print.

#2: Here is the login information for your Mind Growth Education master account:

Username: hammonds_plains
Password: read

In this master account, you will see where each class is on their Canadian journey at the end of the event. Only you, the appointed organizer, will be able to access this account and the master map but please feel free to share with your school the master map!

#3: Here is the login information for each Mind Growth Education teacher account:  

Please note: Each teacher will not be able to view where the other participants are on their reading adventure route. Again, only you, the appointed organizer has this option from the master account.

READING LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY
All teacher accounts have been put on the “Beginner” level of difficulty (for every minute read, 12 kilometres will be traveled).

FOR THE TEACHERS
Click here to download a PDF “Teacher Info. Sheet for Hammonds Plains Read-A-Thon” document specific to the teachers explaining how it all works! Please print and hand out to each teacher participating in the event.

HOW DOES IT WORK FOR THE TEACHERS? (Once they get their login info)

Step #1: Go to the following link: https://mindgrowth.arraydev.net/

Step #2: Click on the “Sign In” button and enter your login information.

Step #3: Click on the “About Me” button, scroll down and select your character (you will only need to do this once).

Step #4: Click on the “Log Minutes” button and enter the minutes they have read for today’s reading session! Repeat Step #1, #2 and #4 after every reading session.

*For the French Immersion students/teachers, you simply need to click on the “FR” on the top right corner of your screen for the platform to be in French at any point.


WAYS TO DO ONE READING SESSION A DAY!
Here’s a list of ways to do one reading session a day!

  • Host DEAR – ‘Drop Everything And Read’ sessions. On an agreed certain time of the day (i.e. first thing in the morning or after school), every student drops everything and reads. Great way to get the whole family reading together if they do this at home too!
  • Have a close friend, family member or even an author read a book on video conference with your family (ie. Zoom).
  • Read it before you see it! Read a particular book within the two weeks and when the “Read-A-Thon” is over, view the film version cinema-style (even make it a pyjama and/or popcorn day).
  • Run a book swap within your group!
  • Host a “Favourite Book Character Day” and have everyone read the book associated with their costume!
  • Read during recess, while waiting for your next class to start or even on the bus!

GOODIES

Mind Growth Education Badge Collection Sheet for English students: Click here to download the “Read Across Canada” badge collection sheet!

Mind Growth Education Badge Collection Sheet for French Immersion students: Click here to download the “Read Across Canada” badge collection sheet!

Mind Growth Education Colouring Page: Click here to download our colouring page!

Mind Growth Education Bookmark Activity: Click here to download our printable bookmarks!

Mind Growth Education Collaboration Poster:  Click here to download this awesome collaboration project!

We’re Super Excited To Help You Promote Your Read-A-Thon Fundraising Event This Year! Print Your Own Promotional Materials Today! Click here to download tons of great materials to use in your school!


Mind Growth Education Certificates of Achievement:  Click here to download!

 


 

FAQs (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
We’ve tried to answer many common questions below, but if you need additional help, please get in touch with your Mind Growth Education representative, Isabelle, at fundraising@mindgrowth.arraydev.net.

* General
Q: Can a Mind Growth Education Representative come to my school to present the Kick-off Assembly?
A: The safety of your school as well as our employees is a top priority for us so we will not be having representatives visiting schools this year. We have designed this entire Read-A-Thon program to enable you to run a virtual Kick-off Assembly without having a representative attend in person. Your Mind Growth Education representative will be available virtually to help you as you prepare for your Read-A-Thon event.

* Participation
Q: How does your reading log programs work?
A: Students will record the number of minutes they’ve read at home on a daily basis on their Mind Growth Education reading log sheet. On the last day of the event, all students must bring back their sheet and give back to their teacher. The teacher will calculate the overall total minutes read by her class and then log in the amount on her/his digital Mind Growth Education account reading log account. The program automatically converts their minutes into kilometres and advances their avatar on a virtual adventure across Canada through various towns and cities to form a route that spans from Victoria, BC to through every province in the lower part of Canada, and back again, through the higher part of Canada, which ends in Whitehorse, Yukon. After the event is over and ALL minutes have been logged in, you will be able to see who was able to complete the challenge on the master map.

Q: What if a teacher needs help (i.e. cannot remember his/her username and/or password). What to do?
A: Just email me, Isabelle, your Mind Growth Education representative, with your question(s) and I’ll be happy to help.
Email: fundraising@mindgrowth.arraydev.net
Text: 778-928-6778

* Fundraising
Q: Can my PTA collect offline funds?
A: Using our online fundraising platform allows you to avoid having to handle and manage cash. However, if the person is not able to give online, many PTAs have accepted cash or cheques and then personally contribute the exact amount online afterwards. Contribute here: https://fundrazr.com/hammondsplainsreadathon

Q: Do the contributors get tax receipts?
A: Unfortunately, no. Contributions made to a personal fundraiser, rather than a charity fundraiser, are generally considered to be personal gifts and are not guaranteed to be tax-deductible. But, you can always check with a tax professional to be sure. You will not be issued a tax receipt from FundRazr nor Mind Growth Education. That being said, contributors do receive access to our digital coupon sheet with great savings on awesome stuff (kid & adult books, candles, soaps, bath bubbles, digital reading log program, etc.) as a thank you gift for any contribution $10 or more.

Q: How do I view our school’s online fundraising efforts?
A: Go to your Master Campaign page where you will be able to see your school’s online fundraising efforts (https://fundrazr.com/hammondsplainsreadathon).

Q: How do I make an online contribution?
A: Step #1: Go to the following link: https://fundrazr.com/hammondsplainsreadathon. Step #2: Click on the “CONTRIBUTE” button. Easy as that!

Q: Where do our contributions go?
A: 85% of the net funds raised by this Read-A-Thon Fundraiser will go to the PTA and will go back into the school for various needs. The remaining 15% goes towards Mind Growth Education to help cover costs such as subscription cost, administrative fee + the Paypal or Stripe payment processing fees and transaction costs.

Q: When do we receive the funds?
A: You will receive the funds shortly after your event is over. It takes a few days for Paypal and Stripe to transfer over all of the contributions. Once that is completed, I will send you a cheque and a financial statement with all of the necessary information you would need for the CRA (if ever need be).

* Thank you prizes
Q: What will our school or participants receive from Mind Growth Education for participating in this Read-A-Thon event? 
A: Each class will receive a printable certificate of achievement (see “certificates of achievement” in the “goodies” section). You will also receive, after your event is over, a certificate stating how many trees your school has collectively planted during your event!

HAPPY FUNDRAISING AND HAPPY READING!