The BCE Read-a-thon is happening! 

January 22-26, 2024

Join us at these activities and events in the Burlingame community and at Franklin: 

  • Pop-up Art Club  (make posters, bulletin board art, bookmarks) 
    Jan 12, 17, 18 (12:00-12:40 pm) in Room 4 at Franklin

  • BCE Read-a-thon Kick Off Event with Pop-up Children's Book Sale 
    Jan 21 (1:00-3:00 pm) at the Burlingame Public Library 

  • Early Morning Reading Time with read alouds by our Teachers and Staff Members 
    Jan 22-26 (8:00-8:29 am) at the Franklin Library  

  • The Great Book Swap -- students bring in books they no longer want and switch them with other books to take home
    Jan 22-26 (12:00-12:40 pm) in Room 4 at Franklin

  • BCE Read-a-thon Bedtime Story courtesy of McKinley Elementary: online reading of Wonton Wonders by author Stephanie Li followed by a read aloud of a Spanish book by Maestra Ballonet, McKinley 1st grade dual language immersion teacher.
    Jan 23 (7:10-7:40 pm) Zoom link:; Meeting ID: 229 408 9978 

  • The Afterschool Read Aloud Special featuring read alouds by Burlingame Intermediate School (BIS) students (former Franklin students) -- families welcome!
    Jan 24 (3:00-4:15 pm) at the Franklin Library 

  • Sustained Silent Reading + Hot Chocolate Event -- for grades 1-8; drop-off welcome. Sign up here 
    Jan 25 (6:00-8:00 pm) -- at Grupology  

  • Dress as a Book Character Day! Come to school as one of your favorites 
    Jan 26 at Franklin  

  • BCE Read-a-thon Bingo -- last day to return the sheet (to get your name on the bulletin board) 
    Jan 29 at Franklin  

Please sign up to volunteer


Prizes (New for 2024!)

  • Grand Prize Winner per school: choice of an iPad, GiggleMugs gift card, or Summit Bicycles Gift Card! 

  • Top Participating Class per school (with the highest percentage of students logging minutes): Bonus Yard Time -- plus, a gift card for their Teacher!

  • Top Reader per grade (minutes logged): book donated to their school Library in their honor + free drop-in chess class pass from Grupology (TK and K top readers will receive a book)! 

  • Top Reader per school (minutes logged): Keva blocks set from Grupology! 

  • Top Fundraiser per grade: Maverick Jack's Gift Certificate!


January 29 is the last day to enter reading minutes and to make a donation. 


All proceeds from the 2024 BCE Read-a-thon fund teacher salaries and provide the education your kids deserve. All donations are tax-deductible, and parent donations will count towards your annual contribution to BCE.