Reading to Kids News
June 30, 2002
Thanks to the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
This week, we received the good news that the Ralph M. Parsons
Foundation has awarded Reading to Kids a $15,000 grant!
Earlier this month, Mr. Mark Eiduson of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
and his wife Jane visited the June reading clubs at Gratts Elementary
School. We are always very excited to give visitors a tour of our
program, and on this occasion, Mr. and Mrs. Eiduson were able to attend
the "new volunteer" training session, the parent training seminar, and
several of the reading sessions. We are greatly appreciative of the time
they spent observing the program.
The Ralph M.
Parsons Foundation helps its grantees serve the communities of
Southern California with focused and responsive grantmaking in the
areas of social impact, civic and cultural, higher education and health.
Their grant, along with the generous
donations from many foundations, corporations, organizations, and
individuals will greatly help in our mission to promote improved
reading and learning skills in elementary school children--skills that
may help lead to a more successful future for the children who participate.
Thanks to the Whitecap Foundation
On June 13, Ms. Wendy Chang of the Whitecap Foundation notified us
that Reading to Kids had just been awarded an $11,000 grant!
We are extremely delighted to be collaborating with the Whitecap Foundation
to instill a love of reading in Los Angeles children.
Many students living near downtown Los Angeles reside in a densely
populated area with numerous apartment and commercial buildings and
little or no access to safe recreational areas. Many of the children
in this area are from low income families, are recent immigrants to
the country, are limited-English proficient, and have room for
substantial improvement in their reading test scores. Helping these
students is our highest priority.
The generous monetary gifts of our supporters help us to promote reading
and learning skills in elementary school children, develop the library
resources of participating schools, furnish bokks for childrens' homes,
provide enriching and rewarding volunteering opportunities, and work
towards the expansion of the successful "Reading Club" program to
more elementary schools. To learn how to make a donation, please click here!
Disney and First Book Partner Up to Donate 1,000 Books to Reading to Kids
the nonprofit that recently donated over
600 books to Reading to Kids, will be partnering with Disney
to further their mission of giving children from low-income families the
opportunity to read and own their first new books.
Disney will be donating one million books to First Book, and 9,000 of those will
go to Los Angeles nonprofits. 1,000 of those will go to Reading to
Kids! Thank you First Book and Disney!
Thanks to June Reading Club Participants
June was another successful month for the reading club program.
126 volunteers read to 277 children at Gratts Elementary and Magnolia Elementary
Schools on Saturday, June 8. The theme of the month was "Animals," and
children were read a variety of books featuring animal characters, including
the 2001 Caldecott Honor Book, Click, Clack, Moo:
Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, and the enormously popular Rainbow Fish to
the Rescue! by Swiss author Marcus Pfister.