Join Shriya in support of Pratham USA Readathon 2015 (Austin)


$268 from 6 donors 8 updates $500 goal
What is the Readathon?
Pratham USA Readathon 2015 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. Learn more here.
Where does my money go?
All donations to the Readathon go to support Pratham’s work for child education 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.Pratham receives 97% of the money you donate here. 2.9% + 30 cents is charged by the credit card processing company. We thank SeeYourImpact for providing Pratham with its Storytelling Donation platform free of cost.
Who can participate?
Kids of any age can participate (adults too!). Children too young to read can have a parent or older siblings read to them.
Why participate?
Reading is good for everyone. Reading to help others learn to read is Great!Participating in this Readathon is an amazing 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! Trophies will be given to readers who raise $250 or more. A Young Reader Award for the reader who raises the most money and a Young Leader Award for the Readathon Coordinator who demonstrates strong leadership skills and whose team raises a significant amount of money. Certificates of Appreciation for all readers. More information is available here.
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 is able to educate 40 children for one whole year. Readers and donors can read some stories of children who attend Pratham schools by clicking here

Thanks to...

Jul 19
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Priti made a $21 contribution
Priti view profile
Priti made a $21 contribution
Jul 17
Sonia view profile
Sonia made a $25 contribution
Jul 14
Amy view profile
Amy made a $50 contribution
Jul 6
Valerie view profile
Valerie made a $25 contribution
Jun 29
Jasleen & Sandeep view profile
Jasleen & Sandeep made a $51 contribution
Nimisha view profile
Nimisha made a $50 contribution
$25 in offline donations

Every book I read helps educate a child in India

Hi, I am Shriya Patel and this is my fourth readathon. I love doing this because it combines my two favorite things, reading and helping people. I feel that we need to make a stronger investment in the future generations, as they will help us succeed later.
This is also my third year conducting a group of readathoners. Last years my team raised $1056. This year our goal is to raise $2000. My personal goal is to raise $500.
Please help me and my team raise enough money and more to reach our goal. I also love having new members, so if you would like to join my team, please use the following link to join and put my name as your team coordinator.
Thank you so much for helping with this amazing, heartfelt cause!!!


-Shriya Patel

Update #8 (sent July 23)

Hey everybody! Let me just start by saying thank you to Aunt Priti, Aunt Sonia, and Ms. Amy for their generous donations, to mine, and Anuj’s page. You guys are helping us reach our goal. Now here are the following books I have read.

Title: No Time Like Show Time
Author: Michael Hoeye
Summary: This is the third book of the Hermux Tantamoq mysteries. I was out chasing Hermux through his third adventure! This adventure is about how Hermux is hired to work undercover at the famous local theater, Varmint Variety Theater. Varmint, the owner, is convinced that someone is out to get him, his daughter, and his beloved theater. Hermux and Terfle, his new associate, go to the theater to figure out what’s going on. Meanwhile, Hermux watches his love get swept away by someone again. Can he confess his love to Linka and discover what’s going on at the theater?

Title: Time to Smell The Roses
Author: Michael Hoeye
Summary: The fourth and final book in the Hermux Tantamoq series. This time the adventure is one that he created! At least one of them are. Hermux proposes to Linka his Love. The love-mice go on a frenzied journey to plan their wedding. Meanwhile, in the country, an unidentified body washes up on the shore. The county’s richest man has heard about Hermux’s work and hires home to find his lost son. back in Pinchester, Tucka Mertslin, is up to no good once again, and is out to destroy her competitor. Nobody sees the links except Hermux. Can Hermux connect all the ropes, bring them to light, AND plan a fantastic wedding? Hermux is on his last case!

I am in the middle of reading the second book in The Haunted Series (First book is the Crossroads). I hope this book is as creepy as the first. I’ll let you know when I finish it.

Fun Puzzle:
Hint: The Title is a Hint

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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 scalable 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

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