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Ready, Set, Read for Horizons at BFS

From April 9 through May 4, 2018, Lower School students will be reading, and reading, and reading, in support of the 6th Annual Horizons Reading Challenge at Brooklyn Friends School. Participation in the Horizons Reading Challenge is completely voluntary. The deadline to sign up is Friday, April 6, 2018  Please sign up here.

Last year’s Horizons Reading Challenge fundraiser was such a success, with your help and service, we exceeded the goal of $30,000 and were able to raise over $50,000 to support Horizons at Brooklyn Friends students in the summer of 2017. This year, for our 6th annual Horizons Reading Challenge, we have set a goal to raise $35,000 and are again inviting all BFS Lower School student and families to join this completely voluntary service effort.

The Horizons Reading Challenge will start on Monday, April 9 and end on Friday, May 4, 2018. Decide on an attainable goal for how many books your child will read in this time period. Reading can be done together or independently and your goal can be measured any way you like (i.e. 3 chapters of reading, reading 10 books together, 12 picture books, whatever works for your child’s reading level). All children participating in the Horizons Reading Challenge will receive a Reading Challenge t-shirt.

Each child who participates will have their own page on the Horizons Reading Challenge website, powered by the organization 99 Pledges (see sample page here), This will allow prospective donors to select from an amount or enter their own amount. All donations are tax deductible and an electronic tax receipt will be sent to each donor. If your donors would prefer to send a check, it can be mailed directly to BFS to the attention of Aubrie Thierren (contact  with Horizons Reading Challenge and the child’s name in the memo line.


Decide on an attainable fundraising goal which will appear on your child’s page. In the past, families have raised anywhere from $100 to $10,000. You decide what is realistic for your family.

Parents will send an email to their friends and family network with the donation page link included, explaining the Horizons Reading Challenge and requesting support.

Parents will receive an email every time a donation is made. This can help you target which friends and family have yet to support so that you can send a reminder email, and it’s also a great way to keep track of your supporters to thank them.

Reminder emails can be sent during the Reading Challenge with an update on how your child is doing which often reminds people who haven’t donated to do so.

Finally, parents are welcome to support their own child, but to avoid any fundraising conflicts with BFS, we ask that parents not solicit other BFS parents for donations.