Red Ribbon Reading

Red Ribbon Reading (RRR) is Selwyn’s summer academic challenge that keeps kids excited about learning, prevents the “summer slide,” and ensures students return to school confident and ready to succeed. This program also serves as the Selwyn PTA’s largest annual fundraiser, allowing students to invest in themselves and their school.

How does it work? In the spring, students set summer learning goals and gather pledges from family and friends. Throughout the summer, students track their reading, writing, and math practice hours. In the fall, students submit their hours, collect pledges, and celebrate their achievements together.

  • Kids set a goal on their RRR charts. Many aim for 100 hours. For rising K, 25-50 hours is great.
  • Pledge to support your child’s summer learning, choosing a $-per-hour or a flat donation.
  • Encourage pledges from grandparents, extended family and friends. Use our RRR Family & Friends Letter, if helpful!
  • Consider checking if your employer will match your fall donation. A list of known employers is listed here, or check with your HR department.
  • Kids record hours on their RRR chart from June 2nd through August 25th, for any reading, writing, or math practice.
  • Discover ideas to earn hours using the resources below. It’s not just reading! Audiobooks, educational games & apps, workbooks, journaling, and more contribute towards students’ hours.
  • Kids submit their RRR chart to school by Sep 6th to be entered into the Red Friday raffle.
  • Anyone who pledged in spring will receive an email reminder. Even those who didn’t pledge can donate to support Selwyn’s largest fundraiser.
  • Donate, online or by check, by Sep 29th.
  • Kids celebrate at the “Red Friday” assembly with raffle prizes and recognition for 100-hr readers.
  • Field Trips: Allows all students to attend most field trips free of charge: Discovery Place Science, Whitewater Center, Midland Farms, Camp Thunderbird, Nascar Hall of Fame, Bank of America Stadium, Truist Field, Reed’s Gold Mine, Old Salem, NC Zoo (transportation), Raptor Center, and the Schiele Museum.
  • Science Lab and Makerspace: Provides students with hands-on access to tools, technology, and creative materials, fostering innovation and problem-solving skills.
  • Selwyn Student & Parent Events: Offers students memorable events such as school dances, Red & Blue Field Day, Fifth Grade Play & celebrations.
  • Critical Needs Assistance: Supports students in need with essentials like backpacks, clothing, and school supplies.
  • Health Room Supplies
  • Staff Appreciation & Professional Development for Teachers

Still Have Questions?

Contact the Red Ribbon PTA Chairs

Thank you to our sponsors