Join Sonali in support of Pratham USA Readathon 2015 (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Sonali

$1,750 from 10 donors 1 update $2,200 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

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Sacheen made a $100 contribution
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Rajeev made a $1,000 contribution
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Hasmukh made a $250 contribution
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Sangini made a $100 contribution
$25 in offline donations

Every book I read helps educate a child in India

Hey Everybody,

My name is Sonali and I’m a senior at Lovejoy High School. I’m involved in Theater, Speech and Debate, and Mock Trial, as well as Pratham and a few other nonprofit organizations. In my free time I enjoy attending classes at Hogwarts, binge-watching entire TV shows on Netflix, traveling the world (via either book or airplane) and breaking out into song during normal conversations. I hope to attend college and major in Political Science next fall. This is my second year as a Pratham Reading Coordinator.

Pratham is a really important cause to me for a few reasons. I believe that education is the most important tool we have in order to create better opportunities for ourselves. In another life, I very easily could have been a child in India relying on foundations like Pratham in order to get an education. I am so lucky to have so much in my life, that it would be very wrong for me to not try to give back.

It only costs Pratham $25 to educate a child in India for an entire year. In the United States, $25 is a new backpack for school, or maybe just lunch. For a child in India, it could mean the world. I’ve pledged to read one book, every single week, from now until the end of the Readathon. You can stay updated on my books, as well as the events I will be hosting through my school right here on my page.

Please, if you are able, consider making a donation to Pratham. You never know who you could be education. These children in India could be the next Steve Jobs, or the next Bill Gates. They just need someone to take a chance on them.

Take a chance.

Love,
Sonali

Summer Readin' (sent July 23)

I can’t believe summer is already more than half way over! So far I’ve stayed true to my promise to read a book a week. Here is my list so far.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Start Something That Matters by Blake Mykoskie
On Writing by Stephen King
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
Lets Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

I am currently in the middle of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. I’m excited to watch the movie for the first time as soon as I finish the book.

Hope your summer has been going well! I can’t wait to here about all of your adventures.

Love,
Sonali

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 www.prathamusa.org.

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