Read to Rise Balloon

What is Read to Rise?

Read to Rise is the name of the CapEd Hot Air Balloon. You can find Read to Rise at the Annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic where CapEd is the presenting sponsor. If you participate in our summer reading program, you may also get a chance to see a Read to Rise balloon demonstration at your school!

Participate in the Summer Reading Program

Elementary school students are eligible to participate in the Read to Rise reading program. Participation in CapEd’s Summer Reading Program could earn your school a visit by the Read to Rise balloon! You can access our summer reading program by downloading the Reader Zone mobile app or by accessing Reader Zone on your desktop. No more tracking sheets! Easily access information through your phone or on a computer.


The Read to Rise tracking began on June 1, 2018 and runs through August 27, 2018.




Mobile Application Instructions


Step One

Download the Reader Zone app

The Reader Zone app is a convenient way to track your child’s minutes read on your phone. The Reader Zone app is available to Download on the App Store, Get it on Google Play, or Get the Amazon App for your Kindle device.

Step Two

Join the Read to Rise program

After the app has installed:

  1. Create an Account
  2. Enter in the CapEd Read to Rise Reading code: read-to-rise
  3. Find your school
  4. Select “Join” and you’re in!

Step Three

Track the minutes read

Each time you open the app, you will see an “Enter Reading” field to type in the number of minutes read for the day. Submit it by selecting the “+ Submit Entry” button.

Forget to add minutes for the day? No problem! Find the “Enter Past Reading” link to update any days you may have missed!


Desktop Website Instructions


Step One

Visit the Reader Zone website

Go to readerzone.com and create an account by selecting the “Sign Up” button at the top of the page. On the following screen, select “Parent” and fill in your account information.

Step Two

Join the Read to Rise program

Once you have created your account and logged in, you will be promoted to:

  1. Add your reader
  2. Enter in the CapEd Read to Rise Reading code: read-to-rise
  3. Find your school
  4. Select “Join” and then “Continue”
  5. Pick your child’s reading level from the drop down
  6. Add a book (optional)

Step Three

Track the minutes read

When you’re logged in to readerzone.com, you will see an “Enter Reading” field under your child’s name to type in the number of minutes read for the day. Simply select the check mark to confirm and you’re done!

Forget to add minutes for the day? No problem! Find the “Enter Past Reading” link to update any days you may have missed!


You may also view our Read to Rise Readerzone Handout for printable instructions.


Leader Board



CapEd Hot Air Balloon
Read to Rise Winners
School children watching the balloon
School children watching the balloon
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