Read-a-thon 2022

Readers and Families,

Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy is ready to kick off the 2022 Read-a-thon! 

What IS Read-a-thon? First and foremost, it’s a Celebration of Reading! For 10 days, students will be encouraged to read! ALL reading counts: books they read, books students had read to them, comic books, reading for school, reading for fun…. All of it! 

Secondly, in order to support the school’s financial needs, Read-a-thon is also a fundraiser (though raising funds is NOT required to participate).  Information is below on how to encourage your friends and family to support your student’s reading by “sponsoring” them.

Finally, Read-a-thon gives students the opportunity to SET a goal, and then WORK toward that goal. All students who meet or beat their goals will receive special recognition. 

Timeline for Read-a-thon:

Before February 28

  • Set a Goal Go to harveymilk.com/Readathon to help your student set their goal for the number of minutes they can read in 10 days. This is the main objective of Read-a-thon this year. A special prize given to ALL readers who set and MEET OR BEAT their goals. (Goal suggestions are listed in the graphic below.) Goals must be submitted by March 2 to count toward a prize.
  • Get Sponsors Students can ask their families and friends to “sponsor” them as they work toward their goal. This is a great fundraiser to share with grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends who are like family. All donations to HMCRA are tax deductible and support our amazing school. You can find a social media toolkit online to help you share the word with your personal community, and encourage our young readers.
  • Find Something to Read  All reading counts: in school, out of school, adults reading to students, comic books, magazines, Audio Books and some really great books from our own HMCRA library

Starting March 1:

  • Track your Minutes Use the online, form or the paper log on the back. For minutes to count, they must be tracked online or on paper. Online minutes can be entered daily, or once at the end, but must be tracked daily. (Students can also use this Google Sheet to enter all reading. Please only submit once after March 11.)
  • Join your readers! Parents/Families can find a recommended reading list from the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee to join in the reading.

March 11-14:

  • Turn in all your minutes In order to have your minutes count toward your goal and your class’s tally, all minutes must be turned in to your teacher or online via this form by March 14th. Parents, if it’s easier, you can use this Google Sheet to track and then submit by emailing to Readathon@harveymilk.com. If your child forgets their forms at home, a picture of the reading log is fine! Please email it with your reader’s name and the subject “Student Reading Log” to readathon@harveymilk.com. All minutes must be received by the end of the day March 14th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out anytime. 

 

Thank you for supporting this effort to instill a lifelong love of reading in each of our students. 

 

Sarah Kern (school librarian)

and Tarrah Pollaro (PFC Read-a-thon lead)

readathon@harveymilk.com

Good Eggs Fundraiser

 

Our much anticipated Good Eggs Fundraiser is coming up starting 10/1! HMCRA is partnering with Good Eggs, an online grocery that delivers fresh local produce, meat and fish, dinner kits and more delivered the same day. We’ll earn 5% back on every order this October and November, plus the first 5 new families to join will win a flower bouquet from Good Eggs. Simply visit schools.goodeggs.com, enter our code harveymilk2019, shop, and share with your friends and family! 

Annual Giving Campaign

We’re excited to kick off the Annual Giving Campaign, the PFC’s biggest fundraiser of the year! Help us reach our goal of 100% family participation and $225,000 by December 31.  Funds raised by the Annual Giving Campaign pay for art and music enrichment, field trips, and essential school staff, including a classroom teacher and a reading specialist.
Learn more about the Annual Giving Campaign by reading this letter and give at harveymilksf.com to invest in the education of our incredible students. Every gift makes a difference!

Drag Show this Saturday!

Saturday, March 16, 4:00-8:00pm
at The Café, 2369 Market St. 

www.canyoudrag.com

Childcare: (now starting earlier!) from 4:30-10:00pm at the school. Please RSVP online (http://bit.ly/POLHMCRADRAG).

Tickets: Available online (https://canyoudrag.eventbrite.com) or at the door. $25 general admission or $50 for VIP tickets, which include meet & greet (4:30pm-5:30pm) with Laganja and the cast, plus delicious bites!

The Show: Laganja Estranga from RuPaul Drag Race will headline. Twelve local drag entertainers will be performing. All tips you give the performers go to the event.

The Competition: At 6pm, the top 5 fundraisers compete to be crowned San Francisco’s Drag Superstar! Can anyone beat last year’s queen Ryan Swick? Don’t forget to bring $$ to tip your favorite performers! All tips go to the event.

Silent Auction: Throughout the evening, bid on items from local merchants, plus 3 days in Sonoma, and a week’s stay in Nice, France.

Email Jeff at  jefffassnacht@gmail.com with any questions.

Good Eggs Fundraiser

March 1 – April 30

Join the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy fundraiser this week! To join, just visit schools.goodeggs.com, enter the code HARVEYMILK19, and place an order! You can get produce, meat and fish, baked goods, easy dinner kits, and more delivered same-day. No subscription required and delivery is free any time you spend $60.

Read-A-Thon

The Read-A-Thon is HAPPENING! From February 19-28, students will be recording their minutes reading (in class and anywhere else!). Each student should have received forms to track reading minutes, pledge forms and the important raffle tickets! Every day from Feb. 20-March 1st, students who read the day before can put a raffle ticket in the bucket at morning circle to try to win prizes from local book stores.

New this year is a Civil Rights Leaders theme. Every school day, the entire school will be learning about a different civil rights leader. We’ll kick it off with a short biography of the day’s leader at morning circle, followed by further reading in each classroom. Ask your room parent how to volunteer to read in the classroom!

When the big day is over, we’ll also need some help tallying the totals. Please email tspollaro@gmail.com if you’d like to help.

Become a Drag Show Contestant! (Or Better Yet, Convince a Friend)

Getting contestants from our network of friends, co-workers, and Castro neighbors will help make this years’ event an even bigger success!

Saturday, March 16, 4:00-8:00pm
at The Café, 2369 Market St. 
www.canyoudrag.com

Calling all contestants! Want to drag or know somebody who does? Sign up as a contestant [https://canyoudrag.com/i-want-to-perform/] to raise funds for Harvey Milk, and drag your heart out. Contestants will receive a dedicated page on the event website to share and fundraise. To get started as a contestant, email a photo headshot and short bio to Jeff Fassnacht at jeff@sobend.com

The TOP FIVE FUNDRAISERS will become performers at the event and compete for a chance to win the title of Queen of the Castro. The top three fundraisers will receive extra points toward their final competition score. The five top contestants will be matched with a local drag queen to have their makeup done and then perform a talent of their choice (lip-synch, singing, dance, etc.). Contact Kylie Minono at kylieminono@yahoo.com or 208-697-0551 with questions.

Childcare! There will be childcare and dinner at the school during the event. More info coming.

So, You Think You Can Drag 2018 Photos

Happy New Year & Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school and to an exciting spring semester.
Let’s start the New Year with some great news!

A huge THANK YOU goes out to our enthusiastic parent and student volunteers who collected donations at the SF Gay Men’s Chorus holiday concerts in December. Together, our dedicated volunteers collected $27,801 in donations for our school! And the SF Gay Men’s Chorus has generously donated another $2199 – making our grand total $30K for this incredible fundraising effort!

The results of this amazing community partnership will directly benefit our educational programs and enrichments in the 2019-20 school year. What a great start to 2019!

On Giving Tuesday – double your donation to Harvey Milk

On Giving Tuesday, double your donation to Harvey Milk’s Annual Giving Campaign at harveymilksf.com!
 
To celebrate Giving Tuesday, a global day of charity and giving, several generous donors will MATCH $25,000 in donations to our Annual Giving Campaign.  Every donation made from 11/27 to 12/4 will be DOUBLED.
 
Check out our new video at https://youtu.be/tdpFloRrUp8 to see what your gift funds: theater, science, cooking classes, and so much more!  And for one week only, your gift will go twice as far.
 
Give at harveymilksf.com from 11/27 to 12/4 and make twice the impact. Spread the word and share with family and friends!

Cliff’s Variety Fundraiser for HMCRA

A steadfast supporter of Harvey Milk, Cliff’s Variety holds their annual Thanksgiving shopping event for HMCRA, Friday November 23 to Sunday November 25. Shop small and support your neighborhood business and your local public school at the same time.

Thank You Cliff’s Variety for your support of HMCRA!