Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the Read-A-Thon last?
26 days, from Monday, 5/3, through Friday, 5/28
How do I sign up as a participant?
The sign up process is easy through the YokyWorks fundraising homepage on 99Pledges. Simply navigate to our homepage on 99Pledges, and scroll to the bottom of the page where you'll see "All Participants". Below the list of current participants, you will see a link that says "Not in the list? Add Participant". Click here, enter your first name and last initial, and your email address (so you can be eligible for prizes!). You're good to go! A email will be sent with your unique 99Pledges link that you can share with family, friends, and on social media to gain support! You can always find your unique link by navigating back to the fundraising homepage and searching for your name in the list of participants.
Where can I find my unique 99Pledges donation page, and why do I have my own page?
After signing up, you should receive a message from 99Pledges with your unique link to share. You can also navigate to the YokyWorks fundraising homepage on 99Pledges, type you name into the "Search for Participant" bar below the donations progress bar, or at the bottom of the page where it shows all participants.
Do I have to collect pledges, or can I just participate as a reader?
You can absolutely just participate as a reader. Our main goal is to celebrate the gift of literacy, and encourage daily reading habits throughout our community. We encourage you to share your unique 99Pledges link with family and friends and on social media so that folks can support and cheer you on throughout the event, but collecting pledges is not a requirement.
Is there a recommended pledge amount for the donors I ask?
No donation is too small (or too big)! Donations can be made in 2 forms: either a pledge per minute read for a particular participant, or a flat donation. Folks may consider $0.10 - $0.25 up to $1 - $2+ if pledging per minute read throughout the entire event. Others may prefer to do a flat donation of $50 - $100 up to $1,000 - $5,000+! It is totally up to you and your supporters!
How are donations collected through 99Pledges? Do they take a percentage of donations? Is it secure?
Each donor who supports the campaign through 99Pledges will be asked to submit payment electronically through the 99Pledges platform, which is powered by PayPal. If your donor makes a flat donation, that payment will be processed imemdiately. If your donor makes a per minute pledge, their payment will be processed at the conclusion of the event after all minutes from the reading log have been entered. There is no need for you to follow up about any donations -- 99Pledges takes care of everything.
What counts as reading material for the Read-A-Thon?
Books, magazines, newspapers, online articles, graphic novels -- almost anything! It can be in physical form or on a digital device.
Where can I look for new reading material ideas?
Visit our affiliate page on bookshop.org for lists of books that our current students and staff are reading, as well as a special curated list for this Read-A-thon! We encourage purchasing materials through bookshop.org as it helps to support local bookstores*!
What is a reasonable goal to set for minutes read per day?
This is a personal decision, and we want you to be ambitious and challenge yourself, while also setting your goal as something that is realistic to meet. If you are not already a daily reader, we suggest a goal of 15-30 minutes per day. If you are an emerging reader, this goal might start closer to 15 minutes per day. If you are an avid reader, you may set your goal to be 60 minutes or more per day. Whatever you decide, just try your best to aim for that goal while reading everyday!
What if I don't meet my daily goal?
That's okay! In your reading log, record however many minutes you did read, and try to get back on track and reach your goal the next day. If you're having trouble finding the motivation to read, try picking up a new/different book or magazine, or try reading in a brand new area. You've got this!
Where can I find the reading log? How often do I need to submit it? How do I turn it in?
A copy of the reading log can be found here. You can either print it out and fill it in each day by hand, or you can electronically fill in the pdf and save it on your computer. Be sure to download the pdf if you plan to fill it in electronically!
Where are the proceeds of the fundraiser going?
Your donations will benefit students in numerous ways:
I would like to donate, but I don't know any of the participants. Can I still make a contribution?
Absolutely! We would love it if you would sponsor one of our young readers in the Read-A-Thon quest! On the YokyWorks fundraising homepage on 99Pledges, you can find a list of participants at the bottom of the page. Under All Participants, you can click the drop down menu to sort by Young Readers, and find a student to sponsor.
Who can participate in the Read-A-Thon?
Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate! This includes current and former Milan Method students, parents, siblings, friends, family, colleagues and others in your network! The YokyWorks staff will be joining in on the fun as well! We hope this becomes a community event that unites us through the joy of reading. Collecting pledges is encouraged, but not a must to participate!
How can I spread the word about the Read-A-Thon?
Below are a few ways we have thought of, but we encourage you to get creative!
Email you unique 99Pledges link to family, friends, and others in your network so they can support you throughout the campaign
Share you unique 99Pledges link on social media (parents can share for their little ones!)
Post about the Read-A-Thon, share updates on what you're currently reading or how you're crushing your goals, and be sure to tag us!