VPK students at St. James Children’s Center in Islamorada hold up books. ST. JAMES CHILDREN’S CENTER/Contributed

St. James Children’s Center is kicking off the second annual Read-A-Thon fundraiser to support the nonprofit preschool and VPK.  

Throughout March, students will log their reading and collect pledges based on the number of books read. Donations to the Read-A-Thon will help the school provide the instructional materials, books, arts and crafts supplies, playground toys and equipment, nutritious snacks and health and safety items used by students on a daily basis.

 “The Read-A-Thon serves a dual purpose,” said SueEllen Bennett, Children’s Center director. “We love that the event promotes literacy and encourages reading together as a family, all while raising critical funds to support our school.” 

 Support the students’ efforts by visiting Sponsor an individual student by making a flat pledge or pledging a specific amount for each book the student reads. Donors can also select a class to support or make a general donation to the fundraiser. 

 Event sponsor Sandbar Books is providing an additional opportunity to support this fundraiser. Mention St. James when shopping at Sandbar Books during the month of March and the store will donate 10% of your purchase to the school. Sandbar Books, the Upper Keys locally owned, independent bookstore, is located in the Tavernier Towne Center, MM 91.2 bayside. 

 Contact [email protected] or 305-852-2161 for more information.