Annual CDM Read-a-Thon December 7-11th, 2020

Get your books on, Dragons!

What is the Read-A-Thon?
The Read-A-Thon is a week-long, school-wide program that encourages children to read more. It is also our only PTA fundraiser this year! 100% of the proceeds will be used to fund educational materials and programs at Carmel Del Mar. This means it supports all students at our school. Please help us reach our goal of $25,000!
What do you need to do to participate? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

  1. Set up your student’s Carmel Del Mar Read-A-Thon fundraising page!
    Go to:
  2. Ask your friends and family to sponsor your student’s commitment & participation to reading a realistic number of minutes each day. We are hoping each family will raise at least $100. Please share your student ’s fundraising efforts via Facebook, Twitter, text and email directly from your fundraising page.
  3. Have your student track his/her reading. Start a timer at the start of reading and record the minutes on their online Read-A-Thon reading log, found on your child’s Pledgestar page (which can be found next to the student name in the “enter readers” tab on Pledgestar). To qualify for daily drawings for prizes, the reading log must be filled out each night by 7pm as the reading happens.

What counts as Reading?
Any time your child spends reading outside of school time during the Read-A-Thon week (12/7-12/11) counts towards the Read-a-Thon (after school, homework, bedtime, etc.) This includes individual reading time and being read to by an adult, sibling or friend. Remember to log the minutes on the reading log each night by 7pm.

Here are the links (in-person, Launch) to all the prizes our CDM Dragons can earn! So many exciting options!

Please note that there are three ways to collect prizes:

Participation – registering and sending out at least 5 emails or texts via Pledgestar
Reading – minutes logged in the online Pledgestar reading log during the event
Fundraising -obtaining donations from family and friends to meet your fundraising goal via Pledgestar

Why does the PTA fundraise?
The CDM PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is a parent-funded, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to positively impact, support and enhance the overall learning environment for all students at Carmel Del Mar School. We work closely together with the Principal and teachers/staff to identify programs and needs that touch as many students as possible. See the list of what we fund and organize each year below. We are fortunate to have an extremely generous and supportive community at CDM that has allowed us to give the kids a great school experience! Thank you!

Contact Tamara Wells, PTA President

Programs funded or supported by Carmel Del Mar PTA
Community Events in a Typical Year:
Welcome Back Coffee
Annual Ice Cream Social
Red Ribbon Week
Art Night
6th Grad Graduation
Chili Game Night
International Showcase
Field Day

Parent and Student Enrichment in a Typical Year:
Cyber Security presentation
Imagination Machine
Drama Club

Teacher Appreciation in a Typical Year:
Room Parent Coordination
Staff Appreciation Week
Back to School Luncheon
Fall Parent/Teacher Conference Luncheon
Steam+ Room Parent Specialist

Examples of Gifts to School:
Stride Tracker system
Apple TVs
Modern learning classroom furniture
New sound system for outdoor events
Magazine subscriptions for students
Chairs for in-person students
Bike racks for back gate

The PTA is a 100% volunteer based organization. All the money donated goes directly to programs and projects that benefit all students at CDM!

Read-a-thon Flyer with more questions answered:


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Become a PTA Member

The Carmel Del Mar PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is a parent-funded and all volunteer based organization whose mission is to positively impact, support, and enhance the overall learning environment at CDM for all students.

We organize community-building events, sponsor educational programs and assemblies for students, support teachers and fund school site needs.


GUARANTEE THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMS AT CDM: No doubt about it, this year is going to look different and CDM’s PTA includes all of our In-person and Launch families. But, a successful campaign means that we can continue to fund our yearly programs and support teachers and staff with instructional and school site needs.  A rough calculation notes that we will likely spend above $15K worth of mini-grants, staff appreciation, welcome back, graduation, magazine costs, etc. This doesn’t even include site needs.  Go check out some of what we do on a normal year here.

PART OF A LARGE CHILD ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION: Members of Carmel Del Mar PTA are default members of the California PTA and National PTA. Your annual membership allows us to run our local organization.

ENJOY THE BENEFITS: PTA membership comes with many benefits including discounts to local attractions such as Legoland, as well as the pride of knowing that you are supporting our children, teachers and school community. Take a look at the perks.

Here is the joint statement of all DMUSD PTA presidents reaffirming their commitments to all school families.


Please enter all parent and student/teacher information in the spaces provided so that we may ensure items are properly delivered to each student.

John Doe

PTA Membership 2020-2021


We welcome any and all donations! Every dollar counts! All donations are tax-deductible.