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Bee in Love with Reading!

Friday, January 19th – Sunday, January 28th


Read A Thon is an opportunity for Morris Brandon students to celebrate the joy of reading while fundraising – it’s Morris Brandon PTO’s largest annual fundraiser.  Your donations fund events like Backyard Bash, Tall & Small Ball, and Parent/Son Night as well as other student and staff activities including International Traveler’s Week, Field Day, and Teacher Appreciation.  Help us achieve our goal of $40,000 raised and 250,000 minutes read outside the classroom! 

How to Get Started

Students will use Beanstack for both logging minutes and fundraising.

  • Log into Beanstack through MyBackpack ( using your student’s username and password. Select “Log Reading and Activities” to enter minutes read each day or select “Bees Love to Read” under Challenges to see your student and overall school wide progress against our goals! All Donations will be made in Beanstack via credit card through the fundraising link. There are TWO ways to navigate to this link:
  • When logged into Beanstack select “Bees Love to Read” under Fundraisers then “View My Donation Page” to get to your student’s individual fundraising page with a link to share directly with friends and family as well as on social media.

  • Go to and enter your student’s name into the search feature (name must match student records exactly) to navigate to your student’s individual fundraising page where you can then share their link directly with friends and family as well as on social media.

Reading and Fundraising Prizes

  • Top 3 Readers (per grade): Little Shop of Stories Gift Cards ($75,$50,$25)
  • Top 5 Fundraisers (schoolwide): Kazoo Gift Cards ($125,$100,$75,$50,$25)
  • Kona Ice Party: for all students who raise at least $300
  • Classroom Winners: Kona Ice party for the top 2 classes in each grade with the highest average minutes read AND the top class will also receive a gift from Kazoo Toys
  • NEW Brandon Honey Bee: PC students who read at least 500 minutes and MC students who read at least 800 minutes will earn a special reading journal
Please note that new this year, a parent/guardian will be asked to confirm and sign a form allowing their student to accept any gift cards before they are awarded.  This includes all individual grade level top reader winners.  


Q: What is Read A Thon?

A: Read A Thon is an annual Morris Brandon fundraiser that raises money for our school while encouraging and rewarding students for reading. Strong reading skills are key to educational success and our 10 days of reading gets students involved and excited about books and other reading materials. Read A Thon also happens to be one of our largest annual fundraisers, ensuring that our school continues to be the “Place to Bee!”

Q: What reading counts?

A: ALL reading counts – books, e-books, picture books, graphic novels, textbooks, magazines, and newspapers all count towards minutes. Parents can read to children; children can read to parents! Reading in any language counts! If one student reads to another student, they both get the minutes! We have already accounted for reading done at school in the classroom so don’t record minutes from your time at language lab, during science, etc. but do record reading on the bus, at recess or during carpool!

Q: How do I log minutes?

A: Minutes will be tracked using Beanstack. Students can access Beanstack at school on their APS issued devices or Parents/Students may access Beanstack through APS MyBackpack ( on any device by using the student username and password. Once in Beanstack simply click “Log Reading and Activities” to log minutes read.

Q: What’s my students username and password?A: The username and password for MyBackpack is the same username and password your student uses to log into their APS issued device.  The password is also what they use to purchase lunch at school. If you are unsure of your student’s username and/or password please reach out to your teacher and they can provide it.

Q: How do I collect sponsors and donations?

A: Students can ask family, friends and neighbors to sponsor them with a donation. Simply share the Beanstack “Bees Love to Read” individual student fundraising page (via text, email, or social media). Refer to the “How to Get Started” section for how to find and share your students fundraising page link.

Q: What are Beanstack Activities?

A: These are activities, like “read outside”, that students can choose to do as part of Read A Thon. Students earn an activity badge in Beanstack for each activity they complete! Click “Log Reading and Activities” then click “Complete an Activity” to view a list of activities available to complete. These are completely optional and intended to add another layer of fun to the program!

Q: When do students begin and end logging minutes?

A: Students may begin logging minutes at 8:00 am on Friday, January 19th. Read A Thon ends at bedtime on Sunday, January 29th. Don’t forget to review your student’s logged minutes for accuracy!

Questions? Ask the Read A Thon Committee Chairs at


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