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What is the Readathon?
Pratham USA Readathon 2013 is a fundraising initiative that encourages kids in the U.S. to read more books and raise money to help less fortunate kids in India learn to read.
How does it work?
Kids ask their friends and family to donate money to Pratham for every book they read. The more books they read, the more money they raise.
Where does my money go?
All donations go to support Pratham’s work for child literacy in India. With the help of trained professionals and dedicated volunteers, Pratham runs pre-schools and after-school programs in many cities and villages of India so that underprivileged children can read, write and count at their appropriate grade level. Pratham needs only $25 to educate one child for one whole year.
Who can participate?
Kids of any age can participate (adults too!). Children too young to read can have a parent or other older siblings read to them, and count those books.
Why participate?
Reading is good for everyone. Reading to help others by participating in this Readathon is a great way to do community service, and enjoy the benefits of reading at the same time – increased vocabulary, improved communication skills and the joy of helping others.
Are there prizes?
Yes! Certificates of Appreciation go to all readers. Prizes will also be given to readers who raise $100, $250, $500, or more. A Young Reader Award will be given to the reader who raises the most money and a Young Leader Award will be given to the Readathon Coordinator who demonstrates strong leadership skills and whose team raises a significant amount of money.
What is a Readathon Coordinator?
A Readathon Coordinator (RC) is a high school student who will lead a team of younger readers and guide, support, and cheer them on in meeting their reading and fundraising goals for the Readathon. A RC will learn good management and leadership skills, and can also enjoy all the benefits of being a reader. For more information, click here.
How do I know if my donation makes a difference?
With every $1,000 raised, Pratham will be able to educate 40 children for one whole year. Readers and donors will receive a story about a group of students helped through money they raised or donated in the Readathon. For reading some stories from last year, click here.

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Every book I read helps educate a child in India

Hello!

My name is Aishwarya Iyer and I’m a high school senior at the School for the Talented and Gifted Magnet in Dallas, Texas.

I am participating in Pratham Readathon 2013 because I want to help underprivileged children in India attend Pratham schools and learn to read and write. Pratham is a not-for-profit organization that has been educating millions of kids in India since its founding in 1994. It is very well known and has won many international awards for its work to promote child education and literacy. Pratham USA raises funds and awareness for this cause.

I have always wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. When I was in middle school, I participated in the Dollar-A-Square fundraiser with North South Foundation, and every Halloween, I went around my neighborhood doing Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF instead of collecting candy.

I’m also a firm believer that everyone deserves the chance to receive a proper education, no matter who they are. I have been lucky enough my entire life to receive the best education there is, but I want to give the not-so-fortunate children back home access to the same opportunities that I’ve had. No child should be barred from that for any reason, especially not due a family’s inability to pay. That’s why I am currently participating in the 2013 Pratham Readathon.

Pratham needs only $25 to educate one child for an entire year. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. From a very young age, I’ve been a voracious reader; my parents always called me a ‘bookworm’ because that’s what I did in my free time. So what better way to help children in India receive a proper education than to do what I love most – read.

I would greatly appreciate if you could help me reach my goal! With your support, I will be able to help many children. So please, support me and this worthy cause by making a donation today.

Thank you.

Addition - Weekly Update #2 (sent September 28)

I would like to thank several more people for donating to this fundraiser:

Vinaya Raghuram for a donation of $25;
Vinutha Kolathaya for a donation of $20;
Yaji Jayanti for a donation of $20;
Sandeep Prabhu for a donation of $10;
Priya Sureka for a donation of $10;
Varalakshmi Polamraju for a donation of $5;
Sini Sumedh for a donation of $5.

I’d also like to thank Neeta Vora contributing $50 to this cause. Thank you all!

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Pratham USA - Every Child In School and Learning Well

Pratham is the largest not-for-profit organization providing quality education to underprivileged children in India.  Pratham uses very low-cost and scalablee methods and works in collaboration with the government, local communities, parents, teachers and volunteers across the country to educate millions of children every year. Pratham’s mission is “Every Child in School and Learning
Well.”

Pratham USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a four-star rating (the highest possible) from Charity Navigator accepts tax deductible contributions from U.S. donors to help Pratham continue and expand its work for child literacy and education. For more information, visit www.prathamusa.org.

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