2022 Read-a-thon

Final Update:

We’re excited to announce that with the conclusion of the Read-a-thon, the students have done an AMAZING job and totaled 287,627 minutes read, meaning the school has smashed the overall goal of 200,000 minutes read! Our students are incredible!

And while the Read-a-thon for 2022 may be officially over, we hope you continue to encourage your kid(s) to dive into a book and discover the joys of reading.

We now hope you will take time to donate to the Read-a-thon in honor of the students for all their hard work, and share the donate link with any family or friends who would be willing to contribute to the Read-a-thon fundraising effort.

We are excited to launch our 9th annual Read-a-thon event! It is our largest fundraising event and it gets the children excited to read!

In Read-a-thon, a child reads for a month to raise funds for the Takoma Park Elementary School PTA.  Read-a-thon runs March 4 – March 31, 2022.  Please encourage your child to read today!

On this page, you will be able to find more information about our Read-a-thon event.

Read-a-thon Donate ButtonTO DONATE:  You may…

  • Make a check payable to TPES PTA and put in the take-home folder or mail to TPES PTA at
    7511 Holly Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
  • Put cash in an envelope addressed to TPES PTA in the take-home folder
  • Pay online at (the deadline to donate is April 22)

We hope that you enjoy Read-a-thon as much as we enjoy presenting the Read-a-thon.  Your participation is crucial to the success of Read-a-thon.  Happy reading!

The PTA Read-a-thon Committee Co-Chairs

Sara Lewis and Chris Campbell

TPES PTA Meeting Minutes: February 2022

Takoma Park Elementary School(TPES)

Piney Branch Elementary School (PBES) 

Parent & Teacher Meeting (PTA)

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 from 7-8pm on Zoom 


Please mark your calendar for our next PTA meeting on March 7 7-8pm 


7:00 Welcome from Chris Campbell, TPES PTA VP of Communications, and sharing of Upcoming Dates and Announcements by Emma Cheuse, PBES PTA VP of Communications 

Upcoming Dates and Announcements from the MCPS School Calendar 2021- 2022


Upcoming Dates and Announcements: 


— Feb 21: MCPS closed for President’s Day 


– Feb. 22: PBES will have another vaccination clinic (probably after school again, 4:30-7pm – watch for follow-up information). 


— Feb 24: virtual joint TPES and PBES Black History Month event with Denise Jones, Carpe Diem Arts 


— Feb 25-March 4: TPES Scholastic Book Fair: please consider signing up to help out- to set up the fair, break it down, or staff the registers. All volunteers will need to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination and complete the online training on recognizing child abuse and neglect- instructions for how to do so can be found here. For more details about the fair, including shopping hours, popular titles, and no-cash payment options, check out our homepage. Please contact Shivani Sutton if you’d like to help out: shivani.sutton@gmail.com.


— PBES Geo Bowl: We are seeking volunteers for the PBES GEO Bowl. Please contact the PBES PTA if you would like to volunteer. 


— March: TPES Read-a-Thon and possibly PBES?


–March 11: early release day 


— MCCPTA Updates  – The MCCPTA Health and Wellness Committee drafted a COVID mitigation recommendations letter that went forward to the Board of Ed recently. They will create space for conversation about if the letter is supported by the full MCCPTA delegates’ assembly at this month’s MCCPTA delegates assembly. We will share the full letter with folks via the list-servs


7:10: Introduction of Ben Jealous by Jumana Musa, PBES PTA NAACP Representative 


7:15: Presentation and Q&A with Ben Jealous, American civil rights leader, current president of the People for the American Way, and former president and CEO of NAACP


7:50 Treasurer’s Reports 

Stephen Tippett, TPES Treasurer and Kate Bauer, PBES Treasurer 


Become a PTA member: 

Takoma Park Elementary https://www.tpespta.net

Piney Branch Elementary https://pineybranchpta.membershiptoolkit.com