Welcome to Poe PTO Read-a-thon 2022

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Read-a-thon is a fundraising initiative that provides family and friends with an opportunity to give directly to Poe Elementary while promoting literacy and education. This is a direct investment in each of our student’s daily educational experience. Our goal is that thru the encouragement and support each of our students receives from family, friends, teachers, and classmates during this reading adventure they will develop and foster a love of reading for many years to come.



Become a Poe Read-a-thon Sponsor

Click here to become a sponsor!

Business Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here to become a business sponsor!

Become a Read-A-Thon business sponsor for as little $100.

Our Read-A-Thon last year had 1840 sponsors and our site was viewed 44,235 times! 

We are also looking for a business or individual sponsor to match a portion or all of what we raise as a school. 

For more info please contact Read-A-Thon Co-Chair Janine Chalitsios and Meredith Kottler at read-a-thon@poepto.org.


Read-A-Thon Goals

Educational Fundraiser: 

Read-A-Thon promotes literacy while raising money for Poe and benefiting our kids educationally. 


Minutes Read Goal:

To have each of our 797 students read a minimum of 30 minutes a day during the school week and to exceed the 552,842 minutes we read last year to 600,000, for a total 10,000 hours, or 416 days of reading.

Fundraising Goal: 

Our fundraising goal is $79,700! These funds will have a direct impact on your student and enable the PTO to help bridge the gap on any funds needed due to HISD budget cuts.


How we do it: 

Have each of our 797 students obtain an average of $100.00 in sponsorships from friends, neighbors, colleagues, and extended family. (That is only 4 sponsors at $25.00.)


Business Sponsorships & Volunteering: 

If you have a question about a business sponsorship or would like to volunteer to help with Read-A-Thon please contact Janine Chalitsios and Meredith Kottler at read-a-thon@poepto.org.


Thank you all for your participation in this wonderful fundraiser!




The Raven - $5,000+


The Sasaki Family


The Poet - $2,500+

The Maag Family

The Fenner Tsavachidou Family

The Kottler Family


The Sparker Family

The Toumelin-Campos Family

The Vilar-Iniesta Family

Jeremy & Jesse Grant-Skinner

The Olsen Family

The Storyteller - $1,000+

The Kelly Family

The Lilly Family

Justin & Katherine Smith

Marcos Cortez and Dana LeDoux-Cortez

The Plascencia-Catani Family


Eric & Jessica Johnson

Andrew Kenworthy

Nielsen Family (To Honor Ms. Pierre)

Kah & Brenda Nguyen-Swisher 

Joe & Amy Shahda

Hsieh Family

The Butkus Family

The Hagegard Family

The Tutos Family

Nevermore - 500+

Chalitsios Family

The Guzofski Family

The Flack Family

Ethan & Jennifer Perry

Dustin & Jufei

The Martin Family


The Chen Family

The Moran Family

Collings-Hewell Family

Jessica & Stephen LaCross

Mario & Angela Chairez

The Soulas Family

Benavides Family



Chamber Door - $250+

The Gilmore Family

Jason and Jen Smith

The Buening Family

Lisa Nguyen & Viet Do

The Powell Family


Tobin Family

Huang Family


McWilliams Family

Gorelick Family

Diya McDonald's Family

Sarah Shull & Sabi Balkanyl

Lenoble Family

The Meadows Grimm Family


The Bells - $50 or More

The Robinson Family

The Gottlieb-Miller Family

Oyervides Family

The Sultenfuss Family

Aditya Sriram Racharla

Kenneth Fair

Aaron Chang & Geneva Li

Hinojosa Family

The Mollet Family

Luis-Torres Family

Morgenstern Family

Milosevic Family

Borasino Family

Barnes Family

Kimbrough Family

Patel Family

Jennifer DeLange & Joel Szulc