Olde Sawmill Elementary School will encourage literacy with a Read-a-Thon Friday, Oct. 4.
The school held its first Read-a- Thon last year, but added a family read-in to festivities that run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the school, 2485 Olde Sawmill Road.
Families can learn about the benefits of reading together at the read-in.
Guest readers will share their favorite books throughout the evening, said PTO President Anna O'Connor. Parents, community members, former students and district staff are expected as guests, she said.
Also on tap is a book swap that encourages families to bring in books to exchange for new books. Students also can donate new or gently-used books that will go to Columbus City Schools' Sullivant Elementary School.
Along with promoting literacy, the event will raise funds for Olde Sawmill. With set reading goals, students solicit donations to motivate them to reach the goal.
"The benefit of the read-a-thon is that 100 percent of the money collected stays at our school and helps fund programs for the students," O'Connor said.
Funds will go toward program such as the online reading and research database, online math program, author visits, COSI on Wheels or the school's e-book program.