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February 2, 2023
 

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

66 MORE READERS NEEDED IN 9 DAYS
FOR FEB. 11TH IN-PERSON CLUBS!

Paul and his dinosaurs ready to read Mario and the Hole in the Sky
(Paul and his dinosaurs at Paul's Prehistoric Park are ready to read on Feb. 11th.
Can you join him?
Click on the above image to see it full size!)

We urgently need 66 more readers to join us for our February 11th reading clubs in-person on our partner school campuses.

Volunteers for our reading clubs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a mask while indoors on campus for the reading clubs. The kids will also be required to wear masks while indoors.

Here is how you can help us meet our commitment to the kids!

  1. If you haven't already, please visit our website now and sign up.

  2. Share and join our February 11th reading club Facebook event to let your friends know the fun you'll be up to on the 11th!

  3. Whether or not you can volunteer on the 11th, Tweet @readingtokids, post, and message your friends and followers. Here's a sample post you can use:

      "My favorite volunteer organization, Reading to Kids, is looking for more volunteers for their reading clubs on Saturday, Feb. 11th. The theme is "People & Places Around the World", and every participant will wear masks while indoors.

      Join me at ### Elementary School for a fun, heartwarming morning of reading to elementary school kids near downtown LA. To join me, sign up online today at www.readingtokids.org."

    If you write your own post, please be sure to include the following two things:

    - The reading clubs are Saturday morning, February 11th, near downtown LA
    - Volunteers must sign up online by 3pm on Friday, Feb. 10th, at www.readingtokids.org

    If you have people in mind who you think would really like to read with us, tag them in your post. It will alert them to the reading clubs and show up in their friends' news feeds.

  4. Copy from our easy message template at http://www.readingtokids.org/News/SampleVolRecruit.pdf to encourage people you know to sign up to read with us!

  5. Print out this flyer at http://readingtokids.org/ProMaterials/VolunteerTearOffFlyer.pdf and post it somewhere others will see it. Make it a personal and fun social event by including the school at which you'll be reading or encouraging them to read at your favorite of our eight partner schools!
Set up a group to volunteer with us

College Spirit at Esperanza

E-mail us at info@readingtokids.org and we'll get your group added into our volunteer group list!

STEP IN TO A BIGGER VOLUNTEER ROLE
AT OUR FEB. 11TH READING CLUBS

Veteran volunteers help out with logistics

We also need more of our experienced volunteers to help train new and returning volunteers, be a GLC, or especially be a second or third Site Operations Helper at any of our schools.

If you can help in any of those roles, please visit our home page at www.readingtokids.org and submit your email address in the yellow box, as usual!

Then, e-mail us at info@readingtokids.org to tell us the above role you would like to take on to help create wonderful reading clubs!

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TWO MORE RUNNERS NEEDED FOR THE
2023 LA MARATHON,
13.1 MILE CHARITY CHALLENGE,
OR 5K!

Do you know any runners? Are you a runner? Please forward this email to them and ask them to join Team Reading to Kids in the 2023 Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 19th!

 Team Reading to Kids logo

This is our 9th time running the marathon, and we're looking for two more marathon runners and one more Charity Challenge runner (the last 13.1 miles of the course) to join us in one of the best marathons in the country.

If either of those distances is too daunting, you can join us in the LA Big 5K (that's just 3.1 miles) near Dodger Stadium the day before the marathon on Saturday, March 18, 2023.

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 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 Los Angeles Marathon website.

Team Reading to Kids runners

SUPPORT OUR
2023 MARATHON RUNNERS
HELP US HAND OUT WATER DURING THE RACE!

Help represent Reading to Kids during the Los Angeles Marathon on March 19th by handing out water to the runners!

Our group will be at Water Station Mile 9 at Hollywood Blvd & Hobart Blvd., on Sunday, March 20th from 5am - 11am.

Click this link to sign up. Our group is Reading to Kids, so just complete the form and sign up to volunteer!

Supporting our runners

If you can't join us at the above, then donate your support!

Our 2023 runners have until March 19th to reach their ambitious $20,000 fundraising goal! If you can donate a buck a mile to your favorite runner, you'll help fuel them towards the finish line!

Team Reading to Kids banner

With every mile they train and every dollar they raise, these valiant souls help you inspire kids with a love of reading.

Team Reading to Kids 2018 Skechers Performance LA Marathon runners
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MUSICIANS NEEDED MARCH 11TH

Our March 11th reading clubs feature "Music & Entertainment", and we are looking for musicians to perform at each of our eight partner schools. In the past we've had everything from Korean drum troupes to electric violin players to marching bands!

The Potential Lunatics performing at Los Angeles Elementary

If you or someone you know is interested in sharing the gift of music with our students and volunteers, email us at info@readingtokids.org.

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PLEASE HELP US FIND
BINGO PRIZE & AUCTION ITEMS

Reading to Kids' Legendary Bingo fundraiser at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood

Our next Legendary Bingo fundraiser at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood will be on April 26th, and we need your help gathering prizes for the bingo winners!

To help you get started, here is information about Reading to Kids to share with potential donors, as well as a donation form for them to complete.

We especially enjoy awarding gift certificates, amusement park and theater tickets, gift bags, and autographed items! Anything unique is great, too!

If you work at or have a connection with products or services to offer, please help us by asking for a donation to our events.
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Thanks, and we hope you can join us at our next reading clubs on Saturday, February 11th!

Sincerely,

Charlie Orchard, Yancy Rodriguez Coe, & Diego Cruz
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)
info@readingtokids.org
www.readingtokids.org
www.facebook.com/readingtokids
www.twitter.com/readingtokids
www.readingtokids.blogspot.com

Make a donation:
www.readingtokids.org/HowToHelp/HelpDonate.php

FEBRUARY 2023
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 35 35
Esperanza 26 41
Gratts 20 21
Los Angeles 36 36
MacArthur Park 25 39
Magnolia 20 41
Politi 12 27
White 23 23
TOTAL 197 263
FEBRUARY Books. . .
Kindergarten book
Kindergarten
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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