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Weekly News Update
October 15, 2003    

Hey Gang!

October 11th's Reading Clubs are proof of this program's community support and of the generosity of our stellar volunteers.

We had a total of 231 volunteers on Saturday! That's our second highest number ever! Despite field trips at two schools, we still were able to read to 544 kids and see them all walk away with prize books for their home libraries.

And, helping out at the reading clubs this month was a total of 21 teachers and administrators. Special thanks to them for their continuing support! Congratulations on all your efforts to support this wonderful program -- we're going strong!

A big THANK YOU to all our volunteers, many of whom were first-timers. Click here to see the list of volunteers.


What does $10 mean to you?
An expensive movie? A cheap CD? 10 Big Macs?

What does $10 mean to Reading to Kids?
Books for a classroom of 8 kids who have attended our reading clubs.

Folks, we're in the thick of our Annual Fund Drive, and your support of Reading to Kids has never been more important! While we're of course seeking generous donations, the most important thing is increasing the number of people who are donating to Reading to Kids:

   1999: 29 donors
   2000: 52 donors
   2001: 91 donors
   2002: 147 donors
   2003: 49 donors (to date)

A large number of donors obviously means more money into the program, but it also indicates broad support that is favorably viewed by potential funders. Your donation, whatever the size, MATTERS!

Donating is easy. Simply make your check out to Reading to Kids and mail it to our office:

   Reading to Kids
   1600 Sawtelle Boulevard, Suite 210
   Los Angeles, CA 90025

If you prefer to donate by credit card, you may do so at http://readingtokids.org/Donations/index.html. Please note that we prefer checks because our credit card processing company deducts a 3% fee from your donations.

If you have any questions regarding the Annual Fund Drive, please feel free to contact Maryanna Abdo at the Reading to Kids office at (310) 479-7455 or by e-mail at MaryannaAbdo@readingtokids.org.


In only a few short weeks, we'll be hosting the November 8 Reading Clubs -- and that means THANKSGIVING stories! Please submit your RSVP as early as possible by clicking here.


Not only is November our Thanksgiving Reading Club, it also marks our first annual Reading to Kids College Spirit Day! If you're waiting for the "Big Game" or just want to honor your alma mater, don that old cap and sweatshirt, and come show the kids your school spirit!


Reading to Kids is having a T-shirt design competition open to all volunteers and students. Please submit your entries to the Reading to Kids office, by mail, fax, or e-mail, or bring them to the next Reading Clubs!

Be sure to include our web address, "www.readingtokids.org," in your designs. The deadline is Saturday, November 8.

We're collecting your artistic submissions and will have an online vote for the most popular design in late November. The shirts should be available at the December Reading Clubs, and the winning designer will win a FREE T-SHIRT! So, pull out those old crayons and get busy!

Thanks for your patience with this long e-mail, and please join us next month!

Maryanna Abdo
Program Director
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)

In this issue...
- Annual Fund Drive
- November Reading Clubs
- College Spirit Day
- T-shirt Contest
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October 2003
Reading Club Statistics
School Kids Volunteers
Esperanza 83 54
Gratts 130 37
Magnolia 171 77
Noble 160 63

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Wear your college sweatshirt or T-shirt
to the reading clubs in November!

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