330 kids attended our May clubs!   Click here to see who volunteered.
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Reading to Kids began with a small group of volunteers, teachers, and administrators who shared the same dream: to improve reading skills among the elementary school children of Los Angeles.

In May 1999, a program was developed at Gratts Elementary School that would emphasize learning and reading in an interactive and fun environment. It was called the "Gratts Reading Club." This first reading club was held in May 1999. The success and growth of that reading club led to the formation of Reading to Kids later that year.

The success of Reading to Kids is due to the Reading Club format -- reading aloud to children consistently on the second Saturday of every month in a very fun and interactive environment for the children and the volunteers.

From a start of only 8 volunteers reading to 20 children at one school, Reading to Kids has grown to an average of 287 volunteers reading to an average of 554 children prior to the COVID-19 pandemic - on average 201 volunteers reading to an average of 379 children during and since the pandemic - at eight schools every month. With the help of a solid base of outside organizations that act as supporters through providing volunteers and in-kind donations, the growth continues.

Please click the play button below for a brief video about our program, featuring two of our volunteers: Board member Matthew Jones and former Reading to Kids kid and current volunteer Sarai Benitez!
The above video was filmed during the summer of 2021 as part of a $10,000 grant from the Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program - Champions Live Here.