Colonial School District schools raised $21,259 for Ronald McDonald House Charities this year through the Read for the House campaign.
Students at Ridge Park, Plymouth and Whitemarsh elementary schools participated in a read-a-thon for the month of February. They agreed to read each day and track their minutes, and also asked friends and family to pledge a donation amount per minute. Once their minutes were tallied up and donations were collected, it was apparent students had read quite a bit and had generous supporters. Ridge Park students raised $8,881, Plymouth students raised $8,050, and Whitemarsh students raised $4,328.
"The money raised by the students is a tremendous support of our mission to bring comfort and hope to families with seriously ill children," said Alyssa Tritschler, Special Events Manager for Ronald McDonald House Charities (Philadelphia region). "The donations they collect help us fund our three main pillars of support for guest families: sustainable housing, nutritious meals and psychosocial support services while their child receives life-saving medical treatment at Philadelphia area hospitals."
The elementary schools that participated will also get 10 percent of the donations back, and that money will be used to purchase new books for the school libraries. Top readers at each school also received prizes for their efforts.