11th reading rocks read-athon program officially begins at the Miller-Driscoll, and Cider Mill elementary schools in Wilton

The 11th Reading Rocks Read-athon officially began on Friday, Jan. 28, with a Dress Like A Rockstar Day at the Miller Driscoll, and the Cider Mill elementary schools in Wilton. Wednesday, Feb. 2, is World Read Aloud Day, with a recording being shared of two authors reading their books aloud, and The Middlebrook “Rockestra” also recording, and sharing a rock piece that they are working on, to be viewed by Miller Driscoll, and Cider Mill students, with a photo of a previous Reading Rocks Read-athon shown in a recent year.

The 11th Reading Rocks Read-athon officially began on Friday, Jan. 28, with a Dress Like A Rockstar Day at the Miller Driscoll, and the Cider Mill elementary schools in Wilton. Wednesday, Feb. 2, is World Read Aloud Day, with a recording being shared of two authors reading their books aloud, and The Middlebrook “Rockestra” also recording, and sharing a rock piece that they are working on, to be viewed by Miller Driscoll, and Cider Mill students, with a photo of a previous Reading Rocks Read-athon shown in a recent year.

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The Reading Rocks 11th Read-athon officially began on Friday, Jan. 28, with a Dress Like A Rockstar Day at the Miller Driscoll, and the Cider Mill elementary schools in Wilton.

Wednesday, Feb. 2, is World Read Aloud Day. A recording is being shared of two authors reading their books aloud.

The Middlebrook “Rockestra” is also recording, and sharing a rock piece that they are working on, to be viewed by Miller Driscoll, and Cider Mill students.

Pledges, are due, and must be submitted online by Friday, Feb. 11.

The reading period will then be from Saturday, Feb. 12, through Saturday, Feb. 26.

All students in pre-K, through the fifth grade, are invited to participate in th non-competitive read-athon.

Sarah Rondeau is assisting with the read-athon, on behalf of the Wilton Education Foundation, along with Liz Brown, and Caroline Hoffman for the 2022 read-athon event.

The read-athon will be 100 percent digital again in 2022.

The Wilton Education Foundation would like to thank the Stroup family for sponsoring the program, as well as all of the students, and their families, and friends, who have supported it.

A few highlights of the program, and additional details about the event, are:

Visit wiltoneducationfoundation.org for more information.

The read-athon’s goal is to encourage children to have fun reading, while raising money for the foundation.

All proceeds from the reading will benefit the public schools in Wilton.

Children will be able to choose their own goal.

The goal is completely up to the parent, and the child.

Some ideas include: Independent reading, reading with an adult, or a sibling, flipping through a picture book, reading via Zoom, and, or Skype with a far away realative.

There is a truly, anything goes, mentality.

The read-athon raised more than $370,000 in total for the schools, in its first 10 years.

The effort helped the foundation fun, professional development in support of Wilton’s Portrait of a Graduate, Miller Driscoll’s Science Fair Co-Sponsorship Document Cameras that are used for remote learning technologies.

Sixth grade through eighth grade budding authors seed money to fund a book publishing program, recording studio used for the news at the Miller Driscoll Learning Commons upgrade, and the video studio at the Cider Mill School, support of coding, and Lego robotics, and expanding the STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, program Odyseey of the Mind Scholarship.

“We appreciate everyone who has helped support WEF’s initiatives in the past,” the non-proft organization told Hearst Connecticut Media.

“Without you, can’t reach our goal of 100% student participation in this year’s Reading Rocks!” the organization said in a statement.