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December 15, 2016

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

It was the most wonderful time of the year on Saturday as 1,125 kids, 466 volunteers, 91 parents, and 25 teachers & staff enjoyed fantastic books and crafts at our December 10th reading clubs!

Santa at Politi reading clubs

We extend a special thank you to our Santa Clauses, Mrs. Clauses, and elves for bringing the North Pole to the reading clubs, and to the Pasadena Jaycees for once again providing the Santa suits! If you are interested in volunteering for Operation Santa and bringing joy to children in need on Christmas Eve, click here or email them at OperationSanta@PasadenaJaycees.org!


Sign up for the next reading clubs!  Click here to submit your RSVP for our "Mysteries & Adventure" reading clubs on January 14th.

These reading clubs will be smaller, so sign up early and mark your calendars for January 14th. Click here for our Facebook event.



Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

Thanks to 98 generous volunteer readers this past Saturday, we have now raised $26,109 overall from 414 donors! This puts us closer to our goals of raising $50,000 from 500 donors within the next two weeks!

The names of these new donors have 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 Dec. 10th reading clubs:
1st: Alta Loma (maintaining their lead with 44%!)
2nd: Magnolia

Highest dollar amount raised at the Dec. 10th reading clubs:
1st: Esperanza
2nd: Magnolia

Highest percentage of volunteers who have donated overall so far:
1st: Alta Loma
2nd: MacArthur Park

Highest dollar amount raised overall so far:
1st: Esperanza
2nd: Magnolia


Congratulations and thanks to Matthew Jones & Kosha Patel for being our first 2016 Annual Fund Drive Angels!

They became Angels when each gathered donations from friends for our 2016 Annual Fund Drive, and we invite everyone to become an Angel during this fund drive.

We have just 16 days to raise $23,891 from 86 donors.

Here's how you can help, with your donations still 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!

Also, if your workplace matches donations to nonprofits, please share with them your donation, and ask them to consider matching it. In this way you double your donation and share with others your enthusiasm for Reading to Kids!

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive


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 six 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

Thanks, and we hope you can join us at our next reading clubs on Saturday, January 14th!


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)

Make a donation:

Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 10 38
Esperanza 11 60
Gratts 6 57
Los Angeles 20 65
MacArthur Park 8 36
Magnolia 14 60
Politi 5 48
White 8 27
TOTAL 82 391
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