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February 4

The LPIE Read-a-thon is a fundraising event to promote a lifelong love of reading and benefit the education of every student in Lafayette public schools. LPIE raises money to pay for high-quality teachers and educational programs including science, music, technology, visual and performing arts, counseling services, and more. LPIE benefits education for every Lafayette learner, every day!

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Read-a-thon FAQ

What is the Read-a-thon?

Now in its 4th year, the Read-a-thon is a fun two-week event that encourages the love of reading and directly involves all students in the district in fundraising for our schools. Students log the amount of time they read and collect donations from friends and extended family to raise money for their schools. Donations are made to LPIE (Lafayette Partners in Education), which is the fundraising organization for the Lafayette School  District and Acalanes High School.

How does it work?
Students must register at to participate. The paper reading log and pledge forms are provided for ease of recording, but ALL reading and pledges must be logged online to be eligible for prizes! Students record their reading daily from January 22 - February 4 . Before and during the two-week event, students are encouraged to ask friends, neighbors, and extended family to make donations for their reading efforts. All reading and pledges must be logged in the student’s online Pledgestar page by February 6, 2024.  

Are there prizes for participating?
Yes! The class with the highest participation wins a reward. The top reader in each grade wins a prize and students who read 40 minutes per day during the LPIE Read-a-thon and log their reading time with at least one donation will be entered for a chance to win fun raffle prizes. Remember, to be considered a participant and to be eligible for any prizes, students must log all reading and at least one pledge online by February 6th. 

How do I collect donations?

Sponsors can pledge either a flat amount or donate by the number of minutes read. Online donations, made via your student’s personalized fundraising page on PledgeStar, are preferred (particularly by electronic check or ACH to reduce fees that are charged to LPIE). Donations can be made via Venmo (@lpiek12) this year! Please put the student's name and school in the note when using Venmo. Cash donations may be collected at school. Checks can be mailed to LPIE, PO Box 923, Lafayette, CA 94549.  

Is a Read-a-thon donation different than my annual LPIE donation?
Yes. While we welcome all donations, LPIE encourages parents and students to use the Read-a-thon as a way to get grandparents, neighbors, and extended family to make donations for the students’ reading efforts. Many friends and family find this the perfect way to encourage your child’s academic success and also show they care by supporting your child’s school. 

Can my donors have their gifts matched?
Yes! Many companies have a matching gift program that can increase and often double your donation to LPIE. It’s an easy way to increase your donation! Check with your employer to see if they match donations. For help setting up your match, email

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