Join Anika in support of Pratham USA Readathon 2015 (Chicago)


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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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Every book I read helps educate a child in India

Dear Friends and Family,

I could use your help…I am participating in Pratham USA Readathon 2015 because I want to help less fortunate children attend Pratham schools and learn to read, write and count well. What’s a read-a-thon, you might ask? It’s a challenge just like a marathon or walk-a-thon where I set a goal to read a certain amount within a set timeframe and every dollar I raise will not only encourage my reading efforts but help in this cause. Did you know that Pratham needs only $25 to educate one child for one whole year??

Pratham is a not-for-profit organization that is educating millions of kids in India since it was founded in 1995. It is very well known and has won many international awards for its work in child literacy and education. Pratham USA raises funds and awareness in the US for this important cause. Please visit for more information.

I LOVE to read because when I read, I get to explore new ideas, meet new people, discover new places, add new words to my vocabulary, use my imagination and never get bored! My goal is to read 20 books, and I promise to keep you updated on my progress.

So, will you help me read, raise and reward? Please support my Readathon by making a donation to Pratham USA today. Together, we will help many children.

Thanks so much,

offline donations: $50 from iSpy Photo contest on aug 9th 2015, $300 from anonymous donor on 11/20/15.

More reading, big dance performance and library reading awards... (sent August 5)

Hi everyone!

Since my last update, I read two more books: The Report Card and The Fish in Room 11. I liked both books a lot. In The Report Card, a young girl known for getting good grades takes a stand against the grades and testing system at school by purposely getting a bad grade. She and a friend decide to show parents and teachers that learning isn’t all about competing for grades and getting high scores, it’s about what you learn and how much fun you have while doing it! Just like with reading for this fundraiser… while I have a goal, I’m enjoying all that I’m reading!

In the Fish in Room 11, a little boy was found at a hotel by the sea.
Raised at the hotel, he doesn’t have many interesting things happen to him, so when he meets a family of mermaids, he builds suspicion around them. He decides to disguise the the family as hotel guests… but it’s not very easy to hide a family that has fins and tails!

I also participated in the Chicago Public Library’s Summer Learning Challenge Explore and Soar Reading Program which concluded this week. They track how much we read and what we’re exploring and reading every week. For our success, both my brother and I won some rewards, including free books and raffle entries.

Last week, I also finished up my intense bharatanatyam dance and storytelling camp. In the last two weeks of dance, I learned a nritanjali (nrita = pure dance anjali = to give offerings). This dance is not expressional, but it has many cool steps. We had an amazing opportunity to participate in Chicago’s Dance in the Parks Festival, it was SO cool to perform on stage in front of so many people and share with them the story of Shiva through dance.

Dancing helps me use my eyes, emotions, creativity and strength to tell stories and share beautiful art.

Thank you all for reading and participating in this fundraiser with me… feel free to invite others to support this work. I’ll be back soon with more updates.


PS – looks like the video I posted last time didn’t show up, here’s the link: Remember it’s the practice dance. I’ll share the actual performance when my mom uploads the video :-)

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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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