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Last updated July 8, 2024

The first reading clubs began at Gratts Elementary School in May 1999 when volunteers, parents, teachers, and administrators came together to start the "Gratts Reading Clubs," whose purpose was to inspire the children of Gratts Elementary with a love of reading. As the months progressed, more children began to attend the monthly reading clubs and more volunteers got involved. The success of the monthly reading clubs quickly led to the formation of Reading to Kids.

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At the school level, the teachers and administrators are essential in running the reading clubs. The principals, assistant principals, teachers, and literacy coordinators recruit the students each month, select the books that are used in the program, and provide overall guidance as to the needs of the schools. Teachers at the schools also lead the training provided for volunteers and parents.

Reading to Kids expanded its program to
Esperanza Elementary School in March 2000,
Magnolia Elementary School in March 2001,
Politi Elementary School in November 2006,
White Elementary School in April 2007,
Alta Loma Elementary in May 2008, and
MacArthur Park Elementary in April 2016.
In the future, Reading to Kids hopes to expand this successful program to other elementary schools in the Los Angeles area.

Participating Schools
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Alta Loma Elementary School (first reading club: May 2008)
1745 Vineyard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 939-2113

  Principal: Heather Mura
  Coordinator: Celia Cortez-Staine
  LAUSD Profile: Alta Loma Elementary
  School home page: https://altalomaes.lausd.org/

Esperanza Elementary School (first reading club: March 2000)
680 Little Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 484-0326

  Principal: Brad Rumble
  LAUSD Profile: Esperanza Elementary
  School home page: https://esperanzaes.lausd.org/

Gratts Elementary School (first reading club: May 1999)
309 S. Lucas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 250-2932

  Principal: Jemima Galiano
  LAUSD Profiles: Gratts Elementary
  School home pages: https://glayses.lausd.org/

MacArthur Park Elementary School for the Visual and Performing Arts (first reading club: April 2016)
2300 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 381-7217

  Principal: Wendoly Alvarez
  LAUSD Profile: MacArthur Park Elementary
  School home page: https://macarthurparkes.lausd.org/

Magnolia Elementary School (first reading club: March 2001)
1626 S. Orchard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 748-6281

  Principal: Juan Reyes
  LAUSD Profile: Magnolia Elementary
  School home page: https://magnoliaavees.lausd.org/

Politi Elementary School (first reading club: November 2006)
2481 W. 11th St., Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 480-1244

  Principal: Silvia Collins
  LAUSD Profile: Politi Elementary
  School home page: https://leopolities.lausd.org/

White Elementary School (first reading club: April 2007)
2401 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 487-9172
(Kindergartners from neighboring La Fayette Park Primary Center attend the reading clubs at White.)

Principal: Gabriela Juarez-Casagran
  LAUSD Profiles: White Elementary
La Fayette Park Primary Center
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