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November 17, 2016

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Even though this past Saturday fell on a three-day weekend to observe Veterans Day, 697 kids, 450 volunteers, 81 parents, and 26 teachers & staff helped to make our November 12th reading clubs a success! We also gave away our 150,000th prize book to a child attending our reading clubs!

In addition to a prize book, each student also took home an item with a college logo to celebrate College Spirit Month!

221 volunteers shared their college spirit by wearing college logos from 63 different schools. You can see photos of a few of them on our Facebook page, and below is a photo of the 13 volunteers from the University of Michigan Club - Los Angeles who volunteered at Magnolia!

University of Michigan Club - Los Angeles volunteering at Magnolia Elementary

Next month is one of our biggest months of the year, and the December 10th reading clubs are just a few short weeks away! To get started, sign up today. Then join our December 10th Facebook event so your friends will see that you will be attending.



Are you a runner? Do you know any runners? Please forward this email to them and ask them to join Team Reading to Kids in next year's 2017 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 19th!

Team Reading to Kids 2017 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon Team Reading to Kids logo

We urgently need eight more runners to join us in one of the best marathons in the country. You can share this Facebook group with any of your runner friends to encourage them to join our team!

Runners can run either the full marathon or a half-marathon, and the dollars raised will go to support our monthly reading clubs. 

If you or a runner you know is interested in becoming one of our fundraising runners or creating a fundraising team, please email Chris Martin at marathon@readingtokids.org!

IMPORTANT NOTE: To register to run on behalf of Reading to Kids, you MUST receive from us a special web address to use when registering on the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon website.

Team Reading to Kids 2016 Skechers Performance LA Marathon


Please be sure to sign up for the next reading clubs!   Click here to submit your RSVP for our "Winter & The Spirit of Giving" reading clubs on December 10th, then "join" the December 10th reading club event on Facebook and invite your friends!

Santas Needed!

At least once in your life you should experience being Santa or one of his helpers - and here is your chance!

We need eight people willing to be Santa, Mrs. Claus, or an assisting "elf" at our reading clubs on December 10th. We've had Santas of all shapes, sizes, and gender, and we'll provide the full Santa suit.

Santa or his helpers do NOT need to be veteran Reading to Kids volunteers, so please ask your friends if they can be Santa, Mrs. Claus, or an elf on the 10th!

Santa and an elf at Reading to Kids

There's nothing better than seeing the students' excitement when Santa visits our reading clubs! If you are interested in being Santa, Mrs. Claus, or an assisting "elf" on December 10th, please contact us at info@readingtokids.org. You won't be able to read that day, but you'll see hundreds of smiling faces!

The Santa suits will once again be generously provided by the Pasadena Jaycee's Operation Santa. If you are interested in volunteering for this wonderful project, please click here or email them at OperationSanta@PasadenaJaycees.org!



Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

On Saturday we received $3,282 from 98 donors towards our 2016 Annual Fund Drive!

The names of the new donors have already been added to our 2016 Annual Fund Drive page, and here are the school competition stats so far:


Highest percentage of volunteers who donated at the Nov. 12th reading clubs:
1st: Alta Loma (a new leader with 46%!)
2nd: Esperanza

Highest dollar amount raised at the Nov. 12th reading clubs:
1st: Alta Loma
2nd: Esperanza

Highest percentage of volunteers who have donated overall:
1st: Alta Loma & Esperanza are tied!
2nd: MacArthur Park (only 1% behind!)

Highest dollar amount raised overall:
1st: Esperanza
2nd: Alta Loma

Our overall goal by the end of the year is to raise $50,000 from 500 donors.

Here's how you can help, with your donations being counted towards the school competition:

1 - Donate online or make a pledge to donate by check today by visiting our 2016 Annual Fund Drive page. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated!

2 - Show your support by asking friends and family to contribute! Visit our 2016 Annual Fund Drive page and look under the "Help us Fundraise!" header for resources. In particular, please consider personalizing and sending the provided sample email to friends and family, or posting our handy donor sheet.

Once they know about Reading to Kids, many will want to donate - we just need you to ask!

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive


Using the momentum and enthusiasm for civic engagement that arose from UCLA's Volunteer Day back on September 19th, the UCLA Volunteer Center sends a bus filled with volunteers into the community in order to address specific needs in that area.

This Saturday, November 19, a group of Reading To Kids and UCLA volunteers will be returning to one of our partner schools, Esperanza Elementary, to complete painting projects at the school and interact with the school's staff, parents, and students!

The timeline is 9am - 2:30pm with a free light breakfast and free lunch provided. You do NOT have to be a UCLA student or graduate to help.

To volunteer for "One Bus, One Cause" this Saturday, sign up at http://volunteer.ucla.edu/one-bus-one-cause/ and indicate READING TO KIDS on your sign-up form!

Principal Brad Rumble is excited to invite all of us to his school. If you have questions, please email Rachel at rachelcorell@gmail.com.




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

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Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 22 50
Esperanza 18 78
Gratts 11 62
Los Angeles 18 100
MacArthur Park 8 46
Magnolia 16 92
Politi 6 69
White 8 38
TOTAL 107 535
DECEMBER 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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