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Weekly News Update
November 11, 2003    


Congratulations, Reading to Kids fans: our November Clubs were outstanding.

We involved 732 kids and 252 volunteers!  It's the first time we've ever had more than 700 kids at a Reading Club, and we involved our second-highest number of volunteers ever.

Further, we broke the 20,000-hour mark for volunteer hours donated by YOU at the clubs!  What an honor to have your support!

Finally, we garnered over 200 donations for the Annual Fund Drive, which ended on November 8th. Not only did we surpass our goal for the total number of donations, we also surpassed our $12,000 goal for the two-month drive!

We are all so fortunate to be affiliated with an organization with such broad-based community support.  Thank you for everything each of you did to ensure that our AFD 2003 was a groundbreaking success.  I continue to be in awe of the devotion and generosity of our volunteers.  Thank you so much!

Please look for an e-mail later in the week regarding the Annual Fund Drive outcome and Reading Club statistics.


Our first-ever, volunteer-organized College Spirit Day was also a tremendous success, as I'm sure you noticed if you attended the clubs: college gear could be spotted on nearly every volunteer.  As a USC fan, I'm sad to admit that UCLA in fact WON the overall College Spirit Day, with roughly 65 volunteers in UCLA garb!  More news to come later in the week, but suffice to say, it wasn't pretty for the Trojans!

Because we were so full last month, please consider filling out your RSVP as soon as possible for the Holiday Clubs by clicking here!  December is going to be a wonderful Reading Club month for children and adults alike!  We are planning to give away a computer to one lucky child at each of the four schools, and we'll be raffling off many additional prizes as well.  Also, several of our volunteers have planned holiday parties and will be asking their guests to bring their favorite childhood book along in lieu of a gift.  We'll donate these books at the December clubs! If you have new children's toys or books to donate, please let us know.

And, we're still taking submissions for the R2K T-shirt contest, so please plan to submit any last-minute designs by mail, fax, or e-mail by this Friday, November 14.

Thank you so much for all your hard work for Reading to Kids!

Maryanna Abdo
Program Director
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)

In this issue...
- November Wrap-Up and
Annual Fund Drive
- Bruins Win College Spirit Day Face-Off!
- T-shirt Contest
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