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STAR (Students Thrilled About Reading) is a Madison PTA-sponsored program designed to encourage students to read and to be read to. Research shows that the amount of reading done out of school is consistently related to gains in academic achievement.


The STAR program runs from October through April. Students record the number of minutes spent reading or being read to each day outside of class time on calendar logs sent home monthly. Students tally the total minutes read and turn in their completed calendars to their teachers. Each month, those who have read at least 450 minutes receive a small prize. That is about 15 minutes of reading a day. Even 15 minutes a day can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year. Parents help record and tally minutes as needed and encourage and support reading at home.


In addition to the small monthly prizes, students can earn other prizes for being a STAR reader. Parent volunteers keep track of minutes read by each participating student throughout the year. Students who reach certain reading levels, based on cumulative minutes read to earn prizes as follows:

  • LEVEL 1 – 3,500 MINUTES earns a free book!

    • Students who read a cumulative of 3,500 minutes are invited to choose a free book to take home and keep.

    • That’s an average of 17 minutes a day.

  • LEVEL 2 – 5,500 MINUTES earns Town Hall recognition and an opportunity to win a STAReading T-shirt!

    • Students who read a cumulative of 5,500 minutes receive recognition at one of Madison's Town Hall meetings and an opportunity to win a STAReading T-shirt.

    • That’s an average of just over 26 minutes a day.

  • LEVEL 3 – 7,500 MINUTES earns a gift certificate!

    • Students who read a cumulative of 7,500 minutes receive a gift certificate to the Spring Book Fair at Madison.

    • That’s about 36 minutes a day.


  • Any and all reading and student-driven choices are acceptable and encouraged.

  • Completed calendars are returned to teachers on the first school day of the next month.

  • A parent must sign the calendar at month’s end to verify the minutes recorded.

  • A maximum of 1500 minutes per month will be credited to a child’s cumulative total.


STAR calendar logs are distributed once a month (a few days before the beginning of the calendar's month) and are also available to download and print here:

For more information, contact the STAReading Chair, Kate Spjute, at