we’ll kick off our Read-A-Thon: “Darnaby Reading Warriors” on Wednesday, February 24th. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help strengthen and expand our tutoring and after-school clubs and programs. Mrs. Leatherland and her committee of teachers have been working hard to plan a fabulous Read Across America Week for your child. The theme for this year’s Read-A-Thon is “Darnaby Reading Warriors”. We were excited to be able to join forces with the fundraising experts at Boosterthon to assist us with our Read-A-Thon fundraiser. The Read-A-Thon will kick off on February 24th and will continue through March 5th. Throughout the program, students read each day, at home and at school, while also getting pledges to help our school. Students are able to receive pledges from friends and family across the country and around the world. As a nationally recognized STEM showcase school, we are always looking for innovative ways to provide additional opportunities to our students. Darnaby takes pride in the many after-school clubs that we have developed as well as the opportunities afforded students for both enrichment and intervention through our tutoring and after school programs. We strive to offer our students these opportunities year after year, while expanding them to include more students. Remember, that all of the funds raised will help sustain our existing programming: Academic Team, ACC Math Enrichment Tutoring, Intervention Tutoring for Reading and Math, Chess Club, Running Club, Elements Science Club, KDES Broadcast Club, Ranger Robotics, Rangers & Company, Safety Patrol and STUCO. We are also very excited to announce clubs launching during the 2021 – 2022 school year, including Darnaby Diggers, a new gardening club. We also look forward to expanding our robotics program with Little Bots, giving our 2nd and 3rd grade students their first opportunity to build with the VEX GO system, introducing them to the fundamentals of engineering as well as the beginnings of coding. Finally, we are excited to launch the Darnaby Art Factory, which will allow our students to learn art technique, and engage in new opportunities to express their creative gifts and talents. We completely understand if your family is not in a position to financially support the school right now. You can still be involved by simply SHARING about our fundraiser with friends and extended family online at funrun.com. Sharing IS supporting! All students will participate in the Read-a-Thon, regardless of financial participation. We will also be following our school safety guidelines to ensure a safe and fun experience for everyone. We appreciate your support more than you know. More details will be shared, as we get closer to kickoff and you can also find additional information about the Read-A-Thon in Mrs. Nunn’s section of this newsletter. Thanks for your support of Darnaby!