Welcome to the 9th Indianola Read-A-Thon! The Read-A-Thon will create an exciting environment for reading, promote increased literacy in our school community, and raise funds for our school. Our goal is to have EVERY Indianola student set a challenging yet realistic reading goal and to reach that goal over a 2-week period. The money raised by the Read-A-Thon will be used by the PTO for school enrichment activities and teacher supplies.
More Read-A-Thon Details
Each student will set a goal for how many minutes they will read from Friday, January 29 through Thursday, February 11. We would love to have each student set a goal of at least 20 minutes per day (280 minutes total).

We’re providing Pledge Sheets early so your student can start asking family, friends, and neighbors to sponsor them.

The class with the most participation in Read-a-Thon (the number of students participating - not the total amount of minutes or number/amount of pledges) will win a coupon for a sweet treat (one winning classroom from each grade level: K/1, 2/3, 4/5, and Middle School).

Look for reading and book suggestions from your teachers and staff during Read-a-Thon!
Thank you for supporting Indianola! Let's Go the Distance!

We recommend taking the following steps to ensure a fun and successful Read-a-Thon!

Step 1: Download the various PDF forms. These forms include the:

(A) Read-A-Thon Checklist: this list provides the important activities and dates for Read-A-Thon;
(B) Read-A-Thon Goal Card: This card will help you set your reading goals for Week 1 and Week 2. You can use this card to stay motivated and encourage sponsors;
(C) Read-A-Thon Pledge Letter: this is a general information letter regarding Read-A-Thon that will help explain to sponsors why it is important to donate!
(D) Read-A-Thon Minutes Tally Sheet: this sheet will help you tally your minutes throughout the 2 weeks of Read-A-Thon. (PLEASE NOTE: You will still need to record your minutes for each week in the online tally form, but sometimes having it recorded on paper helps!); If it helps to print these out, you can do that!

Step 2: Review the Read-A-Thon Checklist. This gives information and a schedule of the 2021 Read-A-Thon with all of the important dates. Be sure to include these dates on your calendar.

Step 3: Use the Read-A-Thon Goal card to set a weekly reading goal for yourself. You can then figure out how many minutes you will need to read each day to achieve your goal! Keep this Goal Card handy to remind yourself of your goal and stay motivated. Remember, you can Go the Distance!

Step 4: Use the Read-A-Thon Pledge Sheet to gather sponsors. We recommend gathering at least two sponsors to support your reading efforts! You can use the Read-A-Thon Pledge Letter to help explain the Read-A-Thon to sponsors.

Step 5: Use the Read-A-Thon Minutes Tally Sheet to record your daily minutes.

Step 6: Enter your minutes using the link to the online tally form. You can either enter your minutes daily or weekly. This will allow you to be entered to win weekly prizes and will help your classroom win a special treat!

Step 7: When Read-A-Thon is over, collect your donations from your sponsors. They can either donate directly using the PayPal link or send a check to: Friends of Indianola Informal PTO, 251 East Weber Rd Columbus, Ohio 43202.

Thank you for participating in the 2021 Read-A-Thon!
Blended Learning
Information about the return to school blended learning and safety procedures
Sign up for Indianola before or after school care

(This is considered the secondary school classroom menu because Indianola has a kitchen)
Blended Learning Parent Q&A on Zoom, 6-7:30 pm
Thursday, January 28
Read-a-thon! Students Begin Tracking Minutes Read Daily
Friday, January 29
Grades K-3 Cohort A students return to building
Monday and Tuesday, February 1& 2
Read-a-thon Wacky Sock Day!
Monday, February 1
Tuesday, February 2 | 4- 7:30 pm approx |
**No School** Staff Professional Development
Wednesday, February 3
Virtual PTO Meeting
Wednesday, February 3 at 6:30 pm register at
Grades K-3 Cohort B students return to building
Thrusday and Friday, February 4 & 5
Read-a-thon Crazy Hair Day and Record Week 1 Minutes Read
Friday, February 5
Grades K-5 Cohort A students in building
Monday and Tuesday, February 8 &9
Read-a-thon Tell Someone About a Favorite Book Character
Monday, February 8
Tuesday, February 9 | 4- 7:30 pm approx |
Grades K-5 Cohort B students in building
Thursday and Friday, February 11 & 12
Read-a-thon Pajama Day and Record Week 2 Minutes Read
Friday, February 12
No School
Monday, February 15
Read-a-thon Spirit Day – Wear Purple! Pledge Money Due
Friday, February 19
No School
Wednesday, March 24 Records Day
Village in the Ville - Serving Seniors Locally
 Village in the Ville is a nonprofit that provides important services, like medical transportation, grocery shopping, and snow removal, for older Clintonville residents.

Signing up to volunteer would not commit anyone to volunteering; whenever an aging Clintonville resident needs assistance, like with lawn mowing or grocery shopping, we would invite the families who have signed up to help that individual.

Most volunteer activities are in Clintonville, date/time flexible, and take 15 - 45 minutes. Enforced CDC protocol, and offer remote, no-contact, and in-person volunteer opportunities.

William Needleman would love to tell you more about the volunteer activities; please feel free to call 614-572-7536.  
Spruce Run Environmental Center
Check out some great science resources in this newsletter!
Lutheran Social Services
Our partners at Lutheran Social Services and the 2-1-1 community resource
hotline want to help connect families who need essential supports -- such as food, healthcare, or utility assistance. If you need assistance of any kind please don’t hesitate to call the 2-1-1 hotline or 614-221-2255 or visit their online database of services for rental and utility assistance and food pantry locations.