The annual PTA Read-A-Thon 

In August 2022, the PTA held its 12th annual education-based fundraiser, Read-a-Thon! The theme this year was Wild About Reading. The PTA is thrilled with the participation and engagement of our students and the support from our Mt. Bethel families and community.


We are proud to announce that students exceeded the collective reading goal of 100,000 minutes by reading over 200,000 minutes during this 1-week event. As a prize to the school, in early September, Principal Tucker Smith and Assistant Principals Kevin Johnson and Ashley Ford will turn into wild animals for morning announcements and participate in some chicken dance fun at recess with a DJ from Bach to Rock spinning tunes for the kids. Also on that day, Scaly Adventures will visit Mt. Bethel to put on a fun and educational experience with their reptiles, with a focus on social emotional learning concepts and positive character development lessons about resiliency and overcoming fear. The students deserve this special wild day for all their hard work!


Students and families also raised over $59,000 in donations that support school programs put on by the PTA. Nearly 95% of the proceeds go back to the PTA to help fund:

  • Classroom periodicals, teacher stipends, grade level support, and counseling programs,
  • Support for Music, Art, P.E., Health Education and Character Education programs,
  • Visiting Authors, Healthy Habits, Kitchen Garden, Reflections, Family Engagement, and Cultural Celebrations,
  • And much more!

 If you are still interested in donating to help continue the PTA’s mission in supporting Mt. Bethel, there is no deadline to contribute! We also accept corporate matching donations. Many companies sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable donations made by their employees. That means your employer may be willing to match all or a portion of your donation to Mt. Bethel Elementary School PTA with its own donation. Contact your HR department for information about your employer’s program. The Mt. Bethel PTA’s EIN is 58-1375982. Forms and questions can be sent to