Each time a student at reads a page, chapter or book, they have the opportunity earn money to support Kids Stock the House, a non-profit organization, which is part of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.
The new read-a-thon program kicked off on Wednesday and will run through March 15.
"We are really excited about this initiative," said Kathleen Ambrose, reading specialist at Hampton Bays Middle School. "It not only helps students build literacy skills, but also gives them awareness of helping the community."
Ambrose, who brought the program to the school, said she thought March was a perfect time to start it, especially with March 2 being Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America day.
How the Program works:
Each student is given a pledge sheet where friends and family can sponsor a student for any amount of money for each page, chapter or book the student reads.
If monetary pledges are not feasible, Kids Stock the House wish list items can be donated instead. Items needed include, cleaning supplies, linens, diapers, wipes, gift cards to food stores and other pantry items.
Money raised will go toward helping to stock the Ronald McDonald family room currently being constructed at Stony Brook University Hospital.
"This will have a direct impact on the students and the community," said Ambrose. "Stony Brook is the only local trauma center."
During Wednesday's kick-off students were treated to a meet and greet with Ronald McDonald and Erika Crown, producer of a Hofstra University TV talk show, called Young Minds, which spotlights people, who are involved in charitable projects.