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Weekly News Update
December 19, 2003    


Congratulations, Reading to Kids fans: our December Clubs were outstanding. Get a head start on 2004 by clicking here to submit your RSVP for the January 10 Reading Clubs! 

Last month, 216 volunteers read to 613 kids!

Santa brought lots of smiles (and free
books!) to the December reading clubs.

In December, we gave away hundreds of prizes including four computers and scores of new, hardcover books to attendees. 

Several volunteers were pleased to see kids choose books over toys and stuffed animals when they were offered a choice of prizes -- we've got a bunch of eager readers on our hands!


Special thanks are due to our four volunteer Santas: Isaac Pearson, Joel Aguilar, Rob Humphrey, and Dave McKibben, who volunteered their time and their ho-ho-ho's to the delight of our attendees.

And, many thanks to the three generous costume shops that donated the use of elf and Santa costumes to our clubs: Gilbert Costumes, Palace Costumes, and Halloween Castle.

And, finally, thanks to the scores of volunteers who donated prizes and books for the raffles. We had a blast!


The first 2004 Reading Clubs will feature a "Diversity" theme, and the books for the January clubs are sure to enrich and inspire adults and kids alike.

Some of our teacher-selected books this month include the classic Black Is Brown Is Tan and a critically acclaimed book from author Luis Rodriguez, America Is Her Name.

Look for more information on January books and crafts in the coming weeks!

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...
- December Wrap-Up
- Thanks to Our Santas
- January Reading Clubs
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December 2003
Reading Club Statistics
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Esperanza 138 47
Gratts 205 58
Magnolia 167 71
Noble 103 40
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