Readathon Raises $4,100 for Calais Elementary School

Recognized for their efforts as top readers and fundraisers during the CES Readathon are these young students. All of the funds raised will go toward projects and activities in the school. (Photo courtesy of Tomi Ellsmore)

By Lura Jackson


The students of Calais Elementary School have raised more than $4,100 as a result of a recently-concluded Readathon held by the Calais PTO. During the Readathon, which ran from March 23rd to April 8th, 54 participating students read for more than 40,000 minutes. All of the funds raised from their efforts will go toward activities and supplies for the school.

“This is the highest amount we have raised so far doing this,” said Tomi Ellsmore of the PTO. “This is truly a group effort between students, staff and PTO members and I am surprised and pleased every year of how much the kids raise.”

Some of the funds go toward things that students need in and around the school, Ellsmore explained. “Last year a student requested a couple of benches for the playground and we honored that request and also helped to replace a basketball hoop that was broken on the playground.”

Other funds are put toward hosting events in the school, such as a highlighter dance and Dino Dan last fall. This May, the PTO will be holding a family dance called Me and My VIP, giving young students the opportunity to invite someone special to them to an elegant gala affair.

The top reader in the school was Bailey O’Rourke at 4,496 minutes while the top fundraiser was Abby Hallowell with $505 raised.

The top readers and fundraisers in each class are as follows: Ms. Gaudette: Top reader Liam Page, top fundraiser Alyanna Urena Cherry; Ms. Cole: Top reader and fundraiser Abby Hallowell; Mrs. Marshall: Top reader Resse Ellsmore, top fundraiser Brooke Corbett; Mrs. McCormick: Top reader Matthew McArthur, top fundraiser Isabelle Urena Cherry; Ms. Underwood: Top reader and fundraiser Dylan Smith; Mr. Cavanaugh: Top reader Turner Redding, top fundraiser Parker Cole; Ms. Rodman: Top reader and fundraiser Bradley Walton; Ms. Flood: Top reader Trinity Newell, top fundraiser Hayden Sabbattus; Ms. Batson: Top reader and fundraiser Maggie O’Rourke; Ms. Boomer: top reader Madison Slater, top fundraiser Sam Moores; Mr. Clark: Top reader and fundraiser Oliver Clark; Mrs. James: Top reader Max Delmonaco, top fundraiser Mauricio Puma; Mrs. Donovan: Top reader and fundraiser Bailey O’Rourke; Mrs. Francis: Top reader and fundraiser Braden White.

The conclusion of the Readathon was met with a character parade around the gym. Since the students did so well during the contest, they each got to enter into a drawing to throw a pie in the face of Sue Carter, Sean Cavanaugh, or Brenda Batson. Two students received Amazon Fire tablets for their participation in the Readathon.

The PTO wishes to thank Pratt dealership, Sunrise Eye Care, The First Bank, Subway and the State Cinemas for their help in sponsoring the event.


The next meeting of the Calais PTO will be at the elementary school on April 23rd at 6:30. Check out for more information.

Receiving a pie in the face from an enthusiastic Readathon participant is CES Principal Sue Carter. (Photo courtesy of Tomi Ellsmore)

The end of the Readathon was celebrated with a character parade around the gym, with students and staff encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters from literature. (Photo courtesy of Tammy Cox)