What’s all the buzz about?

Watch Ms. Betson announce the Readathon winners in this cute video!


• 94 students participated

• Total minutes read: 72,401

• 23 students read more than 1,000 minutes!

• Total money raised (as of 10/8/20): $14,067 — a new record!

Classes with most minutes read:

K-2: Ms. Gonzalez-Hoy’s class (2nd grade) with 5,465 minutes

3-5: Ms. Cotter-Aschoff’s class (4th/5th grade) with 12,794 minutes

6-8: Ms. Dennis’s class (7th grade) with 3,577 minutes

Prizes: Authors visit the winning classes via Zoom.

Students with most minutes read:


1st place: Mia Maissin, kindergarten (Ms. Johnson), 2105 minutes

2nd place: Theo Adler-Westervelt, 2nd grade (Ms. Gonzalez-Hoy), 1990 minutes

3rd place: Tsering Tso, 2nd grade (Ms. Gonzalez-Hoy), 1945 minutes


1st place: Maya Yosef, 4th/5th grade (Ms. Cotter-Aschoff), 5921 minutes

2nd place: Amelia Witte, 4th grade (Ms. Hoy), 5760 minutes

3rd place: Henry Pulupa, 4th/5th grade (Ms. Cotter-Aschoff), 3170 minutes


1st place: Anthony Conner, 7th grade (Ms. Dennis), 2000 minutes

2nd place: Olivia Walters, 6th grade (Ms. Phan), 1190 minutes

3rd place: Cade Rohan, 6th grade (Ms. Chen), 1065 minutes

Prizes: Pegasus Bookstore gift cards (1st place winners) and Mira Vista swag (2nd and 3rd place).

Students with most pledges:

1st place (three-way tie!):

Anthony Conner, 7th grade (Ms. Dennis), 27 pledges

Thomas Conner, 5th grade (Mr. Carson), 27 pledges

Jacob Conner, 4th grade (Ms. Hoy), 27 pledges

2nd place: Avery Macolino, 3rd grade (Ms. McLachlan), 19 pledges

3rd place: Olimpia Mays-Davidman, kindergarten( Ms. Morensbak), 18 pledges

Prizes: Mira Vista spirit wear.

Thank you!

  • The families who supported and encouraged their children, both in spirit and through pledges.

  • The teachers for promoting the Readathon and helping the students submit their reading logs.

  • Ms. Marilyn and Ms. Betson for helping spread the word.

  • The volunteers who created materials, promoted the event, and input and compiled the results.

  • Authors Mitali Perkins, Annie Barrows, and Jesse Byrd for visiting the winning classes.

  • Pegasus Bookstore and the Mira Vista Spirit Wear committee for donating the prizes.

Updated: Oct 27, 2020

Mira Vista’s Readathon takes place September 16 to October 2, 2020.

How many minutes can YOU read in 17 days?

If you read 60 minutes every day for 17 days, that would be more than 1,000 minutes! 😲

How it works:

Students are encouraged to read every day and keep track of the minutes. Recommended daily reading times:

K2: 30 minutes

35: 45 minutes

68: 60 minutes

• Independent reading in class and reading to your child can be counted toward the Readathon.

• Students should use a reading log to keep track of their reading. They may use the digital reading log on the Mira Vista PledgeStar page (registration required — click here to learn more), or a download-able reading log, which teachers will post in their online classrooms (it can also be found here).

• PledgeStar reading logs are automatically submitted at the end of the event. Other reading logs should be emailed to (You are welcome to take a photo of each page, and email us the photos.) Reading logs must be received by Thursday, October 8 in order to be counted toward the prizes.

Support the readers and raise funds for the Mira Vista PTA!

• Go to to donate — and invite family and friends to donate, too! (To learn how to set up your PledgeStar account for this event, click here.)

• Donation options:

Flat amount (e.g. $20 regardless of the minutes read)

Per minute read (e.g. $0.05/minute)

Per book read (e.g. $2/book)

• If you would prefer to donate via check, please make it payable to “Mira Vista PTA,” write your student’s name on it, and drop it off or mail it to the school office by 12 noon on October 8.

• While the Readathon is a PTA fundraiser that supports Mira Vista’s many enrichment programs, any student who participates is eligible to win — even if they don’t bring in any donations.

Prizes awarded to the students who read the most minutes and get most pledges!

• And classes that read the most minutes will win a Zoom meeting with one of these amazing authors:

Grades K–2: Jesse Byrd (Sunny Days, Real Jungle Tales, Dream Catcher)

Grades 3–5: Annie Barrows (Ivy & Bean, Magic in the Mix, The Best of Iggy)

Grades 6–8: Mitali Perkins (You Bring the Distant Near, Tiger Boy, Bamboo People)

Need books?

• Visit your local public library! Branches in Richmond, El Cerrito, and San Pablo are offering contactless pickup. Order a book online or over the phone, and pick it up curbside.

• Purchase from a local independent bookshop, such as Berkeley’s Pegasus Books, which is an active supporter of Mira Vista’s PTA and a Readathon sponsor.

• Check out these free online reading resources:



Sora eBooks

Storyline Online

If you have any questions about the Readathon, please email

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

Our next PTA meeting is this Thursday, October 1, at 6:30pm. Join us on Zoom as we hear updates from Principal Betson and our teachers, review the budget and release funds, get an update from the Bayside Council, and discuss Glee Club, Band, and the Readathon. 

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6397 Hazel Ave. Richmond, CA 94805
Phone: 510-231-1416
Fax: 510-234-8739

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