2012 marks the 33rd year of the MS Readathon and the inaugural National Year of Reading for schools across the nation. The program encourages students of all ages to read a variety of books on the topics that interest them most in order to raise money for research and to provide services to people who have Multiple Sclerosis.
When a student participates in the program they seek the support of family and friends to sponsor their efforts by donating a specific dollar amount per book they read or a flat donation amount. The Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society rewards top fundraising students with various prizes and even the opportunity to attend a Philadelphia Phillies game and enjoy a special party sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Aware of the great work that the National MS Society does in our local community,
Horizon Services was immediately on board when employee Kathy Thompson invited us to sponsor her seven year old daughter Sara.
Sara (pictured above) read a grand total of 75 books (an amazing 1,613 pages!) and as we understand had a lot of fun along the way. While it was difficult for her to choose a single favorite, she told us that some of the books at the top of her list include: Buttercup, The Buddy Files and selected Fancy Nancy books.
Currently a first grade student at Maple Lane Elementary School, Sara enrolled in the reading program for the chance to win prizes or even a trophy while helping people who battle MS everyday by doing something she loves. The opportunity literally landed close to home as Sara’s neighbor is affected by the disease.
The Horizon Helps team would like to bookmark Sara’s efforts and thank Sara for taking the initiative to participate in such a worthy cause and for inspiring other students with her passion for reading.