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January 2, 2020

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Welcome to the '20s! We hope your new year is off to a great start and that we'll see you at our January 11th Mysteries & New Adventures reading clubs.

A boy reading at our reading clubs

We still need 31 more volunteers to join the expedition, so sign up today. Then, help spread the word by also replying to our January 11th Facebook Event that you are going.

Volunteering with friends on January 11th is a great way to celebrate the new decade!

(If you have signed up for the January reading clubs and you are not able to make the voyage, please cancel so that another traveler may hop on board.)


If you have read with us a few times recently, please e-mail us at if you can volunteer for any of the following roles:

- GLC at Esperanza, Gratts, Politi, or White
- Training Coordinator at any school (except Los Angeles or MacArthur Park)
- Check-in Helper at Alta Loma, Esperanza, Gratts, Politi, or White
- Food Runner at Alta Loma
- Bagel Runner (picking up from a shop in Santa Monica Friday, 1/10 at 2:20pm)
- Site Coordinator at any school!



At our January 11th reading clubs we would love to give away a computer or iPad/tablet to one lucky kid at each school.

If you or your employer have any working computers that are less than 6 years old running Windows 8 or later, or any Macintosh computers less than 7 years old, or any iPads or similar tablets, we can give them to deserving kids!

We especially need working computers (CPUs), whether or not they come with monitors, keyboards, etc. Please email us at to help make a kid very happy!

iPad winner at Charles White Elementary
A Charles White Elementary 5th grader with perfect Reading to Kids attendance leaps for joy after winning a new iPad
from Site Coordinator Linda Antonioli!


Reading to Kids crafts samples

Are you crafty? On January 19th, join the Curriculum Committee at 10:00am in the Reading to Kids office to help create the activity and craft guides for the February books!

Our address is 1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

Check out our public calendar for details on this and other upcoming events! Click here for our Facebook event, or click here for the Evite!



Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

Thanks to the support of so many of you, our 2019 Annual Fund Drive was a huge success, with 577 donors helping us raise $63,848 - our most successful Annual Fund Drive ever!

We still expect a few more checks in the mail and corporate matching donations, so we may still reach 600 donors!

Our very special thanks go out to our five fundraising Angels:

Jen Hendrickson
Matthew Jones
Mark May
Emily Sandersfeld
Prince Selvage

Click here to see how much each raised – together they raised $16,112 from 124 donors!

School Competition Winners!

Highest overall percentage of volunteers who donated to the Annual Fund Drive:
1st: White Elementary!
2nd: Esperanza Elementary (only 2% behind White!)
3rd: MacArthur Park Elementary

Highest overall dollar amount raised for the Annual Fund Drive:
1st: Esperanza Elementary!
2nd: Gratts Elementary
3rd: Los Angeles Elementary

Volunteers at all of the schools together raised $33,056!

Finally, we extend our sincere appreciation to all of the AFD Speakers and credit card swipers who helped raise these much-needed funds over the last three reading clubs!



Do you know any runners? Are you a runner? Please forward this email to them and ask them to join Team Reading to Kids for the Big 5K (that's just 3.1 miles) near Dodger Stadium on Saturday, March 7th!

 Team Reading to Kids logo

You can share this Facebook group with any of your runner friends to encourage them to join our team!

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!

Team Reading to Kids LA Marathon runners

Thanks, and we hope to see you on January 11th!


Charlie Orchard, Talethe Jackson, & Anthony Reyes
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 31 32
Esperanza 30 30
Gratts 26 30
Los Angeles 30 30
MacArthur Park 31 37
Magnolia 30 36
Politi 24 32
White 23 29
TOTAL 225 256
JANUARY Books. . .
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First Grade book
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Second Grade book
Second Grade
Third Grade book
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Fourth Grade book
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Fifth Grade book
Fifth Grade

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