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Weekly News Update
March 18, 2005    

March Reading Clubs Were a Blast!

Last weekend, 842 kids and 239 volunteers came out to the March Reading Clubs. We are so delighted that our volunteers have made Reading to Kids a part of their lives -- L.A. kids have benefited so much from the 31,000 hours of volunteer time you have put in since May 1999. Thanks!

To see a listing of this month's volunteers, please click here.

Join us at the April "environment"-themed Reading Clubs on April 9th! You can click here) to sign up.

We're reading some awesome books (curriculum details to come next week!), among them 2003 Newberry Honor Book Hoot by Carl Hiaasen in 5th grade and perennial favorite The Lorax by Dr. Seuss in 3rd grade (remember your "thneeds," everyone!).

Our Evolving RSVP Process

You may have noticed when you RSVPed last month that the online RSVP procedure has a slightly different look and feel. Our volunteer Webmaster, Rich Shimano (a.k.a. our resident genius), is working to create a more secure, streamlined, and personalized RSVP system and is in need of your feedback. Please e-mail him with your suggestions at webmaster@readingtokids.org.

In addition, please be sure to check your RSVP reminder e-mails that we send out on the Wednesday and Friday before the Reading Clubs. In them, you will find a secure link to a personalized RSVP page that lets you know your grade assignment, gives you info about the book you'll be reading, and includes directions to the school as well as other useful info.

Finally, please check your "Thank-you" e-mails after the Reading Clubs for a brand new feature: a link to a quick online survey designed to get your feedback about the volunteer experience with Reading to Kids. We want to make sure you always have a voice with us, and we really want you to let us know how we're doing!

Newsroom and KZLA Interview

Our online Newsroom is a revamped feature of the website and has links to articles written about Reading to Kids and other newsworthy info.

One new addition to the site is an interview with Program Director Maryanna Abdo from a 93.9 KZLA FM program called Southern California Pathways. You probably missed the interview when it aired in December (at 6:30 A.M. on a Sunday!), so check out this new audio addition to the website: click here to access the interview with Windows Media Player, or click here to access it with QuickTime.

Volunteer Opportunity

The first Annual Community Literacy Fair serving the patients of Shriners Hospital for Children - Los Angeles and the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation will take place on April 8th from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to hand out books and games and to organize contests. Please call (800) 366-1375 ext 4614 if you are interested in volunteering.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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

In this issue...
- March Wrap-Up
- Our Wonderful Website!
- Newsroom and KZLA Interview
- Volunteer Opportunity
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March 2005
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Esperanza 165 47
Gratts 195 62
Magnolia 195 61
Noble 287 69
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