How MS Read-A-Thon Works

A representative from the MS Society of Canada presented a 30-minute assembly at your child's school and educated the students about what multiple sclerosis is, how important recreational reading is and how MS Read-A-Thon works.

Your child expressed interested in participating, so their teacher gave them a Student Pledge Kit, including a Minute Tracking Sheet and Donation Tracking Sheet, to take home.

As of today, all of the minutes that your child spends reading will count towards MS Read-A-Thon. Please help them to record their progress on their Minute Tracking Sheet by filling in the hourglass. He/she will read for the next 2-3 weeks, depending on the date of the school assembly.

Your child will ask you and other friends, family and neighbours for donations. We have let them know at the assembly that donors are not strangers, and they should not be going door-to-door without parental supervision. Donors are only people that they know.

Collecting donations has never been easier thanks to our online fundraising system. Your child can register online and collect donations securely from family and friends around the world. Please see below for the steps to register your child online.

At the end of the reading period, your child will collect any cash or cheque donations and put them in an envelope. Ensure their name and school are printed clearly on their Minute Tracking Sheet and Donation Tracking Sheet. They will then bring their completed kit to school and return it to their teacher for pick-up by BRINKS Canada Ltd.

We will do all of the counting and receipting and will send a thank you award to your child.

You and your child will have helped those who have MS and will have helped us get closer to a cure, one page at a time.


How students can register:


Motivating your child

1 Set aside time each night to read with them or to them.
2 Spend an afternoon on the weekend at the public library choosing books for MS Read-A-Thon.
3 Post their MS Read-A-Thon booklist on the fridge and check in with them frequently on their progress.
4 Set a great example – show your enthusiasm for books and make reading time fun!
5 Set up some family reading time in place of an hour of television during which the whole family reads.
6 Set a reading goal with your child and continue encouraging them to reach it.
7 Find out what your child's reading interests are and help them find related books.
8 Once your child has read a book, talk to them about why they liked/disliked it. Start your own book club!
9 Encourage your child to “buddy-up” with a sibling or friend and read with or to them. This is great for younger children who may need more help with their reading.
10 Donate to your child. Even a small donation will boost their confidence and encourage them to work towards their fundraising goal.