As the Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Basketball teams enter the VISAA Tournament tonight, and with the NCAA’s popular tournament quickly approaching, basketball is on the minds of many around campus. This year, however, Lower School students are talking about a new competition. The Lower School is holding a March Madness-themed Read-A-Thon!
Starting February 26 and running through March 30, students in first through sixth grade have the opportunity to read for a good cause. Now in its ninth year, the Read-A-Thon is a chance for students to participate in a community service program, with this year’s funds benefiting the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD). The proceeds will provide services and supplies such as snack bags, teddy bears, and warming mattresses and rocking chairs for the NICU. In just under a decade, Norfolk Academy has raised nearly $150,000 for CHKD through the Read-A-Thon activity.
The Lower School Read-A-Thon was officially launched with an assembly in the Johnson Theater. Assistant Director of the Lower School and founder of the program, Dr. Sandy Harrison, and Lower School librarian, Mrs. Madelyn Kresinske alley-oop’d a presentation that explained how students can participate and featured a video, showcasing players from the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team and Mrs. Kresinske’s hidden lay-up skills.
In order to enter the tournament, students read books and request sponsorship or pledges from family and friends for minutes, pages, or books read. Students interested in participating must have a signed parental permission slip form. Then they can either register online
and create a personalized fundraising page, or they can use a sponsor tracker sheet to record and collect pledges and donations.
Class competitions will be happening congruent with individual efforts to read and raise money. Divided into two groups, students in grades 1-3 and those in 4-6 will vote for, and attempt to predict, the favorite book within each bracket. A master bracket for both divisions is located outside of Cooper Library. The stakes are high; a library trivia party, hosted by the Lower School librarians, is the prize for the winning classes from each division.
All registered students will receive a participation certificate and bookmark at the completion of the tournament. Game on, Bulldogs!