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Weekly News Update
June 15, 2005    

Hello Reading to Kids Volunteers!

We had great Reading Clubs last weekend, thanks to the efforts of 193 dedicated volunteers, including a team of fantastic Site Coordinators and Training Coordinators. I met with some of these volunteers at an Operations Committee meeting last night, and I want to extend a special "Thank You" to all of them for their incredible commitment, since they strive to ensure an excellent volunteer experience for the rest of us each and every month. 

We had 721 kids in attendance, including 208 at Gratts Elementary, which celebrated six years of partnership with Reading to Kids in June. This month's Gratts attendance is a record: it's the highest number of children who have EVER come out for a Reading Club at Gratts! Congratulations, Gratts!

For a complete list of last month's volunteers, please click here. And, please RSVP soon for next month's Reading Clubs on July 9th -- the theme (appropriately enough) is "Independence and Growing Up." You can click here to sign up! 

They'll Do Your 'Do for Free!

Last week, we announced a special promotion this month at the Vaksberg Salon: Irene Vaksberg and her team of stylists have organized a book drive benefiting Reading to Kids!

From now until June 30th, anyone who brings three to five books to the salon will receive a haircut absolutely free -- call (323) 934-1560 to make an appointment! And on June 26th, Irene and her colleagues will be hosting a Cut-a-Thon all day long, followed by a "Chix-N-Art" reception featuring musician Jennifer Vasquez and local artists whose work is on display in the Vaksberg gallery. The reception begins at 7:00 p.m. and one book gets you in the door! 

Please join us in supporting this community-minded local business!

Westlake Fire Victims Update

You may remember from last week's Update that an apartment fire on June 5th left eleven Esperanza Elementary families without a home. I wanted to thank volunteers who brought donations to the Reading Clubs last Saturday -- I dropped the donations at Esperanza Elementary today, and they will be distributed to the families who were affected.

Please note: the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles will continue to financial contributions but will not be accepting donated goods or clothing, contrary to the information we received last week. Donations may be made over the phone at (213) 739-5267, or mailed to Financial Development at 2700 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles 90045, or made online at The Red Cross of Los Angeles website.

The shelter for the victims of the fire closed at noon on Sunday, June 12, 2005. The shelter had been operated by the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles since the night of the fire and served as home for up to 71 residents who had nowhere to go following the fire. Once the shelter closed, residents who still had nowhere to go were provided commercial lodging as part of the disaster relief services provided by the American Red Cross. Since the night of the disaster, the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles has committed nearly $70,000 to help these victims.

Thank You, Stanford Alums!

On June 11th, the Stanford Alumni Community Service Club (CSC) sent 14 volunteers to Esperanza Elementary School for the Reading Clubs. Stanford Alums comprised nearly 30% of our volunteers at Esperanza! To check out the Stanford Alumni CSC, please click here for more information.

Hey, all you Cal, UCLA, USC, and other alumni groups: think you can match the volunteer superpower of Stanford? Get your fellow alums to join you on July 9th for a little face-off!

Join us next month to see what happens!


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...
- June Reading Clubs Wrap-Up
- Vaksberg Salon Book Drive!
- Westlake Fire Victims Update
- Thank You, Stanford Alums!
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July 2005
Reading Club Statistics
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Esperanza 7 68
Gratts 3 62
Magnolia 11 70
Noble 7 57
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