Ben Rush Read-A-Thon


2018 Ben Rush Read-A-Thon (extended to Oct 22nd)


Update: The Read-A-Thon is being extended from September 28th to October 22nd , since we still need to raise more money to reach our goal.

The Read-A-Thon is the PTA’s major fundraiser for this year.
Our approach is: Donate Once & participate all year.
Our 2018-19 Fundraising Goal is $45,000 – achievable if over half of our students fundraise $125 each.

The PTA funds programs that enrich your student’s education including Nature Vision, Passport Club, Toy Maker, Field Day, Young Author’s Day, Science Fair, Math Challenge, Spelling Bee & more.
We financially support student scholarships and give grants to all teachers for classroom enrichment & much more.
If we do not reach our goal we will have to cut some of these programs.
Donations are easy to make and qualify for Company Matching – simply follow the below process.
You can also ask family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to help donate money to support our school.

Online Registration Instructions for Ben Rush Families on how to Donate/Fundraise:

For our Read-A-Thon this year, we’re using PledgeStar (a web based fundraising system) that makes it much easier for you to request online pledges from your family and friends, and for them to make secure credit card donations online anywhere in the world.  It’s fun, it’s easy, and people who use it typically raise twice as much as those who don’t!

To Register Online Go to

  • Click “Not Registered For This Year’s Event”
  • Enter your name and email address, then click “Submit” to set up a Family Account
  • Follow the instructions on-screen to register 1 or more students
    (ie. you can register multiple kids under one family account. Donation totals are split evenly with multiple kids by default)

When you finish, send request for pledges (donations) – you can also make donations yourself.
The system can email (or text) your pledge requests to your family and friends, and allow them to make secure credit card donations online.
You get notified each time a pledge is made, and you can track your pledge progress online.

Call 1-888-598-7510 if you need help.

To Earn Prizes:

  • Send 10+ online pledges (to family and friends’ email or mobile phone) & earn a Special Ben Rush Pencil for each student registered!
  • Share your Family Pledge link on Social Media – the more the students raise, the more prizes they can earn!
  • Be the first to Donate to our PTA Fundraiser!

THANK YOU for supporting your PTA!!

Complete PTA Read-A-Thon Information:

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Email if you have any questions.


How to use Company Match Donations with the Read-A-Thon?

1.) Donate via the site first – it will send a Tax Deductible Receipt in email (in PDF) immediately after the credit card donation is made

2.) Use the Read-A-Thon donation Tax Receipt to “Request a Match”

Note: Instructions on how to match at Microsoft is here: