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BCE Read-a-thon
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Thank you for participating in the Annual BCE Read-a-thon - Journey Through a Book! Results coming soon!

The BCE Read-a-thon promotes literacy and a lifelong love of reading while raising much-needed funds for our Burlingame public schools. Students read and log their minutes to win prizes while their parents, friends, and family show their support with a sponsoring donation of any amount. Your BCE Read-a-thon contribution will help BCE continue to fund 18 teaching positions, excellence in teaching, and much more, so please give as generously as you can!


Important Dates

January 30 - February 3: Read! Read! Read! 

Choose books that your children love - from comics to classics and poetry to blogs - they are

not being assessed. It's all about reading for fun, building a love of reading, and supporting

Burlingame schools. 


Through February 5

Collect donations online through student's personal fundraising page. Donate to support a student reader.

February 5: Last Day to Enter Minutes AND Make a Donation

Encourage your friends and family to contribute online and help meet your fundraising goal. All contributions are tax-deductible. Donations made by parents will be counted as part of your annual contribution to BCE and will apply toward Scholars Circle and other donation tiers.


Prizes. There is something for everyone!

All Elementary Schools + BIS

  • Grand Prize: iPad (one per school)

    • One entry for creating and sharing a student fundraiser page 

    • One entry for readers logging minutes ALL FIVE days

    • One entry per every $150 in donations with no cap!

    • Winner will be decided by random drawing. 

  • Top Reader: One top minute reader (logged minutes) per grade level will have a book donated to their school library in their honor.

BIS Only

  • Lunch Party: The top 20 fundraisers in each grade will enjoy an on-campus lunch party catered by local businesses!

Special Prizes for Teachers (New This Year!)

$50 Amazon Gift Cards

Each classroom teacher has a chance to win one of eleven $50 Amazon gift cards by submitting a video of themselves reading aloud (15 minutes/10MB max), or by providing a written submission (up to 150 words) with an encouraging message to students about the importance and joy of reading.

  • Submission deadline to qualify for random drawing: January 30

  • Submissions will be used as content throughout the week of READ to inspire parents/kids to participate

  • 3 gift cards for BIS submissions and 8 for elementary school submissions

  • Share as many as you want but prize drawing is capped at one entry per
    participating classroom teacher


Submission period has closed.


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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the BCE Read-a-thon?

The BCE Read-a-thon is similar in concept to a walk-a-thon, but instead of exercising

their bodies by tracking how much they walk, our students will be exercising their brains

by tracking how much they read. This fundraiser for our schools involves no selling of

products, only donations from friends and family to support the sponsored child’s efforts.


Why a Read-a-thon?

The annual Read-a-thon is our way of supporting the BCE annual grant to the Burlingame School District by generating 100% profit through collection of sponsorships. Successful fundraising events and donations help BCE provide the school district with the financial resources to fund teachers and create a rich and inspiring education for our children beyond what is possible with public funds.


How does the Read-a-thon work?

Create your child’s personal fundraising page and send emails to family and friends to obtain sponsors. Starting Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 3, read, read, read!! All contributions must be recorded by February 5 to be eligible for the grand prize drawing.


How do you track minutes?

The official minute tracker will be available in January. Use this tracker during reading days (January 30-February 3) to keep track of the minutes your child reads. Parents may read to children in grades TK-2nd. Everything your child reads outside of the classroom counts! Minutes should be recorded by end of day Sunday, February 5th.


What counts as reading?

Students can choose whatever they want to read. They can read books, e-books, poetry, comics, magazines, audiobooks – anything goes! They are not being assessed, it’s all about reading for fun, building a love of reading, and supporting Burlingame schools. Students can be read to in grades TK-2nd, those minutes count too!


Don’t know what to read?

Our own Burlingame public library is a great resource! Check out books, audiobooks and other resources at our library. Stop in and ask the librarians for book suggestions. You can also check out dozens of booklists curated just for you by genre and age. And remember, library accounts and books are always free to all.

All proceeds from the 2023 BCE Read-a-thon go to BCE to help provide the education our kids deserve.

For questions about the Minute Tracker or Fundraising page, email

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Title Sponsor

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(650) 766-8969

P.O. Box 117730

Burlingame, CA 94011-7730


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