Reading to Kids News
March 21, 2002
Thanks for Another Great Turnout in March!
Between the two schools, we had 392 kids and 158 volunteers.
In fact, many of you signed up so early that all the reader
spots were completely filled several days before the
RSVP deadline. Thanks again to all of you who helped at the
March Reading Clubs, and please try to get your RSVPs in
early to secure yourself a spot at the next reading
clubs on Saturday, April 13!
Youth, INC Celebration Was a Success!
Magic Johnson speaks about fathers serving
as role models for their kids and about
the importance of service to the community.
Reading to Kids was one of 11 outstanding Los Angeles
community-based youth organizations showcased at Youth, INC's second annual
Celebration to Benefit Los Angeles Kids" on March 4, 2002
at Jillian's at Universal CityWalk. The evening featured an awards
ceremony honoring community heroes James Belushi, Earvin "Magic" Johnson,
Sugar Ray Leonard, and Dr. Peter Waldstein.
Forrest Whittaker poses with
R2K volunteer Annie.
Through its active participation, Reading to Kids
received a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to the event.
In a span of only 7 years, Youth, INC
has supported over 30 youth programs and has helped those non-profit
groups raise over $7,500,000 for their programs benefiting kids! Thanks
to all the volunteers who helped Reading to Kids participate
in this wonderful event!
Donors Help Us Continue Our Mission!
Financial support from
foundations, corporations, and individuals
allows us to maintain and expand the reading club program, purchase
teacher-selected books for elementary school libraries in low-income
communities, and fund book donations directly to children to aid them
in developing their own home libraries.
Within the last few weeks, we have received several corporate donations,
including $500 from Adelphia and $500 from the Wells Fargo Foundation.
In addition, the Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation made a
$1000 donation to Reading to Kids in honor of one of
our volunteers, Margo Wuence.
Another of our volunteers, Regina Turney of Warner Music Group,
applied for an "Employees Caring and Helping Others" (ECHO) grant
from AOL Time Warner last December, and we just received a notice
last week that Reading to Kids has been selected to
receive a $1000 grant. Thanks to Regina, Margo, dedicated
Reading to Kids fundraisers, and all of the
who continue to fuel our efforts to promote improved reading
and learning skills in elementary school children!