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Weekly News Update
December 29, 2004    

Just a few more days 'till 2005!

We're looking forward to a great New Year at Reading to Kids, starting with our January 8th Reading Clubs. Sign up for the exciting first clubs of 2005 by clicking here to RSVP!

Last Chance to Give in 2004!

Reading to Kids' generous volunteers made this year's Annual Fund Drive our most financially successful yet, but we're still hoping to get to the 300-donor mark by the year's end. Please consider including Reading to Kids in your year-end donations for 2004 and help us to surpass our 2003 record of 277 donors!

Please click here to donate! Any amount is welcome: even a donation of $10 will purchase books for a classroom of kids! (We can count your donation toward this year's tally if your check or pledge is dated on or before December 31!)

January is Diversity Month!

This month, we've got a beautiful selection of books about immigrant experiences, family origins, and diversity. (Please click here for a full listing of this month's books.)

Diversity month always offers us a great opportunity for discussion with the kids, particularly since Reading to Kids brings a diverse group of people from all over Los Angeles to communities that are 98% Spanish-speaking. The children we join each month are described by school administrators as being "ethnically and linguistically isolated," and in January we have the opportunity to highlight and celebrate with them the rich diversity that characterizes our city and country.

In fifth grade this month, we're reading Sandra Cisneros' lovely book The House on Mango Street, which has been a favorite since its publication in 1991.

Come discover new classics like our third grade selection, Grandfather's Journey, about a Japanese grandfather and grandson who both share a love of their native Japan and their adopted California.

Finally, Grandparents Song is a great new book about a woman's rich family heritage, which includes African, Mexican, European, and Native American ancestors.

Join us in January!

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

In this issue...
- RSVP for January
- Last Chance to Donate in 2004!
- Diversity-Themed Books!
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January 2005
Reading Club Statistics
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Esperanza 27 60
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Magnolia 31 66
Noble 23 76
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