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Weekly News Update
August 18, 2006    

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

On August 12, we welcomed 674 children and 212 volunteers for our reading clubs.  That is an increase of 200 students from last month! Thanks to all of the volunteers who worked so hard to make this a successful morning, and thanks to teachers and administrators for helping to recruit your students!

Thanks also to El Cholo Cafe for increasing the number of appetizer platters they donate to volunteers after the reading clubs from 8 to 12!  And thanks to Naked Juice for donating juice for breakfast at all four schools!


In September, members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will be performing "Peter and the Wolf" at the Esperanza Reading Clubs. The Orchestra approached Esperanza as part of their Community Outreach Program, and we were happy to have them play for our "Fantasy, Folklore, and Fairy Tales" reading clubs! 

We are also arranging to bring musicians to Gratts, Hoover, and Magnolia to put on similar performances. The music will be performed by a woodwind quintet (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn), piano, and narrator.  The performances will happen during craft time, from 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.  To compliment the performance, 3rd Grade students will be reading Peter and the Wolf by Vladimir Vagin! 

We anticipate a high turnout at our September reading clubs for this special event, and we hope that you will join us as well!  Click here to sign up!


The Tzu Chi Foundation will be hosting reading clubs at Noble Elementary on Saturday, August 26th.  The format is similar to that of Reading to Kids, and it takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month; they would love to have you volunteer!

If you are interested in volunteering, or for more information, please contact Lilian Fanchiang at everybodyreadsyahoo.com


Reading to Kids has been offering the teacher from each school who recruits the most students to our reading clubs a "Classroom Helper."

For the winners of the July reading clubs, Reading to Kids interns went to the schools to serve as classroom helpers for a day. They read stories, graded papers, prepped assignments, and helped out with many other classroom tasks. 

If you are interested in serving as a classroom helper for a day or part of a day, please e-mail Sarah.Koltermanreadingtokids.org


On Thursday, August 10th, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.  held a "Back to School" lunch fundraiser benefiting Reading to Kids. All attendees brought either a book donation or a small check for Reading to Kids, and in return ate a delicious lunch, won fun raffle prizes, and participated in a Spelling Bee and a game of Jeopardy!

Reading to Kids received 330 books, $1,560 from 75 individual contributions, and a $5,000 check from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. We also hope to have recruited a few new volunteers!


Come down to the world famous Venice Beach and join fellow Reading to Kids volunteers for a refreshing bike ride!

WHEN:      Saturday, September 2nd
                 10am (2 hour bike ride + lunch after)

WHERE:    Meet at Pay Public Parking Lot at 
                 3100 S. Ocean Front Walk
                 (located at the end of Washington Blvd)

               -$7-$12 for parking, $11 for Bike Rental
               -Venice One Stop Beach Rentals, 
                (310) 864-3736
               -ATM and Storage Lockers available
               -Bikes and Rollerblades: 1 Hour - $6,   
                2 Hours - $11, All Day - $19

               -To rent a bike or rollerblades, you will 
                need a valid I.D./ Passport AND a 
                credit/ATM card. 
               -Bring a lunch or ride to Perry?s beach   
                front cafe.
               -Other good things to bring: cash, 
                sneakers, water, sunscreen, camera.
               -Friends and family are welcome!

Click Here to RSVP

If you have any questions please contact Jeff Carter, the Social Chair at Jeff.Carterreadingtokids.org.

Have a great week!

  Jessica Tritsch
  Program Director 
  Reading to Kids
  1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
  Los Angeles, CA 90025
  (310) 479-7455
  (310) 479-7435 (FAX)
In this issue . . .
- August Reading Club Wrap Up
- Peter and the Wolf
- Noble Reading Clubs
- Classroom Helpers
- Thank You Toyota
- Bike Ride at Venice Beach
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