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May 19, 2016

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

861 kids, 399 volunteers, 110 parents, and 33 teachers & staff joined us this past Saturday at our Fantasy, Folklore, & Fairytales reading clubs!

Stanford Alumni group volunteering at Esperanza

A few of our volunteers also celebrated significant milestones! Jen Smith (Gratts) attended her 160th, Russell Chittenden (Gratts) attended his 100th, and Cathy Ostiller (Esperanza) attended her 100th reading club! See our Facebook page for a video of Cathy receiving her milestone certificate (and like our page while you are there)!

We hope you can join us for our June 11th "People & Places Around the World" reading clubs!

Our summer reading clubs are smaller, so be sure to sign up early. Please also join our June 11th Facebook event so your friends will see that you're attending and you can invite them to join you!

Note about Alta Loma: For June, July and August, Alta Loma is closed for construction. Alta Loma remains an enthusiastic Reading to Kids partner school, but no programs can operate during construction.

For the next three months we encourage Alta Loma volunteers to RSVP for any of our other 7 schools! We'll be back at Alta Loma on Saturday, Sept. 10th, when we'll really need all of you and your friends for our big, back-to-school reading clubs!


Reading to Kids is hiring a Literacy Coordinator through AmeriCorps for a 12 month position starting in August! The position is posted on our website, where you can read it by clicking on the Literacy Coordinator button below Latest News.

Reading to Kids is Hiring

Please also share the above link to the position with anyone you think would be a good fit, especially if they have volunteered with us as readers or other roles.


THIS SUN., 5/22

This Sunday, May 22, the Curriculum Committee will meet at 1pm in the Reading to Kids office to create activity and craft guides for the June books! Click here for our Facebook event or click here for the Evite, and please join them on Sunday!

For details on any of our events, check out our handy calendar on our website.



Join Reading to Kids for Legendary Bingo at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood!

The drinks are strong, the drag queen bingo is "R" rated, and seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat in advance! To see what happens, click here for a video of one of our winners last year!

Reading to Kids Bingo Night flyer

Please click the image above for a flyer in .PDF format, and forward it to anyone you know who may be interested in going to our Legendary Bingo Night. You can also print out the flyer and post it wherever many people are likely to see it, perhaps with a note that you are going and inviting others to join you.

WHEN:   Wednesday, June 1st, 7pm - 9:00pm
WHERE: Hamburger Mary's Restaurant
              8288 Santa Monica Blvd.
              West Hollywood, CA 90046
              (323) 654-3800
Cost:  $20 suggested donation (cash only, please!), which includes 9 regular bingo games and one grand prize bingo game with fantastic prizes!

Legendary Bingo is very popular and there is limited seating available. Plan to arrive before 7:00 p.m. to get a seat. We strongly suggest making a reservation (you must have a party of 4 or more) at Hamburger Mary's to ensure your seat.

All proceeds go to Reading to Kids. For more details, visit our Bingo event on Facebook and invite your friends!


Please also help us gather prizes for the bingo winners! We're hoping for gift certificates, amusement park and theater tickets, gift bags, autographed items - anything that would be fun to win at bingo!

Here is information about Reading to Kids to share with potential donors, as well as a donation form for them to complete.

We'd also like to have a celebrity host as a bingo caller. Please reply if you can personally reach out to any celebrities who would like to help your favorite cause.



On Sunday, June 5th, Reading to Kids volunteer Julie Stephens is leading a benefit spin ride - with proceeds supporting Reading to Kids!

Reading to Kids Benefit Spin Ride flyer

Join Julie for a high-energy ride on stationary bicycles at Revolution Fitness in Santa Monica. They'll provide the bikes and thumping music to get you through a rewarding aerobic workout.

Click the image above to see a flyer with all the details to share with your friends! You can also print out the flyer and post it wherever many people are likely to see it.

WHEN:   Sunday, June 5, 4:15pm - 5:05pm
WHERE: Revolution Fitness, Santa Monica
              1211 Montana Avenue
              Santa Monica, CA 90403
              (310) 393-6399
Cost:      $25 suggested donation

Bikes are first come, first served, and you can choose a bike starting at 3:45pm. All proceeds go to Reading to Kids.

Please share your interest by visiting our Reading to Kids Benefit Spin Ride event on Facebook and inviting your friends!


Thanks, and we hope to see you at any of our events!


Charlie Orchard, Tiara Johnson, and Emma Rees
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)

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JUNE 2016
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Esperanza 15 33
Gratts 8 29
Los Angeles 29 41
MacArthur Park 7 25
Magnolia 8 33
Politi 6 34
White 9 20
TOTAL 82 215
JUNE Books. . .
Kindergarten book
First Grade book
First Grade
Second Grade book
Second Grade
Third Grade book
Third Grade
Fourth Grade book
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade book
Fifth Grade

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