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Our 2019 Read-a-thon Starts Friday

As a part of a love of learning, we want to encourage each and every child to develop a love and appreciation for reading.  Our annual read-a-thon is a fun way to highlight the importance and joy of reading. Not only do we encourage a little extra reading at home with friends and family, but our older students visit and read with our younger students in French, Spanish, and Mandarin at school especially during our read-a-thon.

This year our read-a-thon will run for 10 days, from November 8th through November 17th.  As a language immersion school , students will be reading (and be read-to) in many languages – French, Spanish, Mandarin and English – and recording the time spent reading or the number of books read.

You can sponsor a child by pledging a per book amount (for our toddlers, preK and kindergarten-aged students) or by pledging a per minute amount (for our elementary students who like to rack up the time). As a sponsor, your pledges and donations are 100% tax-deductible and will go directly to support International Montessori School, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are working towards building a larger campus, as well as continuing to fund our existing programs, support tuition assistance, arts programs and teacher professional development.  Our students and school depend on the participation of the wider community to thrive and succeed. Thank you for your support of our students and of our school!

Cheer Our Students On

If you would like to leave a word of encouragement for your student before the end of the read-a-thon, please post your kind words as a comment on this page. Our students will be checking!

How to Support Your Student

Each student has a pledge form. Our young readers and pre-readers (toddlers and primary students) are recording the number of books read. You would pledge a per book amount, e.g. $0.50 a book  x  50 books =  $25.

Our more experienced readers (elementary students) are recording the number of minutes read. For those students, you would pledge a per minute amount, e.g. $0.20 a minute  x  300 minutes =  $60.

You can also pledge a flat donation amount for participating!

How to Make a Payment

When you are ready to make your donation, you can complete the form and process your payment here.

Alternatively, you can mail a check payable to International Montessori School (with Student Name- Readathon in the memo).

Address:  3001 Academy Road, Building 300
Durham, NC, 27707

Thank you for your generosity and support!  If you have any questions, please email



  • Margaret Fagbemi
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    Adedamola and Oluwadara Orekha,
    You are both from families of Avid readers and you have been learning to read before you could speak, so I know you will do very well in this readathon. We are very proud of both of you and love you even more.
    From: Nana and Papa Fagbemi.

  • Marian Fagbemi
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    Keep reading Dd (Damola)! You are doing great!

    Aunty Marian

  • Marian Fagbemi
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    Keep reading Dara! You are doing great!

    Aunty Marian

  • Ranji and Nachi
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    Dear Ruby,
    We hope you’ve had a fabulous readathon, and that you will always love reading books as much as your neighbors across the road do!
    Lots of love to you and the team at IMS!
    from Ranji and Nachi

  • Tia Keyla
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    Go Elena Go! Reading is my favorite superpower! I am so happy you are becoming a reading super hero too! Te quiero mucho!!

  • Elizabeth Peel
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    Ruby, we’ve loved so much having an excuse to read lots and lots and lots of books with you during the Readathon! 🙂

    Mama and Baba

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