Spell-a-Thon

What is it?

The annual Spell-a-Thon is Kester's second largest fundraiser and pays for Physical Education for all Kester students.

How can I donate?

Use the pledge form sent home to collect pledges or collect pledges online.


Collect flat donations online today below!

How does it work?

Students are given a set of spelling words appropriate for each grade level. They ask family, friends, neighbors to sponsor them in the Spell-a-Thon. Students can get per word or flat pledges.  

Why do it?

LAUSD no longer funds P.E. for schools like Kester, so we depend on generous donations from our community to pay for our YMCA P.E. program, which encourages physical fitness in our students.

How much do I have to donate?

There is no set donation amount. We ask that every student try to submit at least one pledge.

Pledges can be anywhere from $.25 per word to $10.00 per word or a flat pledge of $10 or $100.

Participation is voluntary, please donate what you can.

How much does P.E. cost?

The P.E. program provided by the YMCA costs over $35,000 for the year.  Last year, the Spell-a-Thon raised over $29,000, just shy of what we needed to pay for all of P.E.

Step 1: Collect Pledges

Step 2: Wait for your Student to take the Test

Tests will be given at school (during non-instructional time) in February

If pledges are collected online, the pledged donors will receive an e-mail after the test is done and asked to submit payment for their pledged total amount.

Online Donation Collection Instructions

If you are submitting a payment online, please make sure to

1. Submit your One Time payment amount & click DONATE

2. After you complete your payment, select your Donor Name and Student Name in the Student to Link Payment to section below the DONATE button.

Step 3: Submit Online Payment for Pledged Donations

Step 4: Link Your Donation to Your Student