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Weekly News Update
October 22, 2007

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

On October 13th, we welcomed 1408 children, 440 volunteers, and 307 parents to our our "Halloween, Magic, and Mysteries" reading clubs.  

Thanks to all of our volunteer readers who helped make this a record breaking month!  Our previous highs were 1301 children, 382 volunteers, and 245 parents!

Click here for more student and volunteer participation statistics. 

A special thanks to our volunteer magicians, especially Raul Fernandez for coordinating the magicians at each school and for doing double duty due to a last minute cancellation!

Esperanza:  Jessie Altimirano
Gratts: Raul Fernandez
Hoover: Robert De la Guerra
Los Angeles: Raul Fernandez

Magnolia: Magic Steve

Politi: Jim Richardson
White: Wendy Sobel

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PUMPKIN CARVING

Join Reading to Kids volunteers for our second annual pumpkin carving potluck!  Bring a pumpkin and your A game, because the pumpkins will be judged and prizes awarded!

DATE: Sunday, October 28th

TIME: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Pan Pacific Regional Park
                  7600 Beverly Blvd.
                  Los Angeles, CA 90036

COST: BYOP. Bring your own Pumpkin (or money to buy at the pumpkin patch) and a snack to share

PARKING:  There is a parking lot for the park located at 7600 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036.  There is also two hour street parking surrounding the park.  From the parking lot, follow the path to the southwest of the basketball courts through the park until you see the Reading to Kids table.  We will have signs up!     

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO RSVP: Click Here

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MUSIC NIGHT

Buy your ticket today for Reading to Kids' first ever Music NightThe Music Night will be Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at the Temple Bar in Santa Monica with The Four Postmen (www.fourpostmen.com), Henry Phillips (www.henryphillips.com) and host Tig Notaro (www.tignation.com)!

Date:       Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Time:       7:00 p.m. doors open
               8:00 - 11:00 p.m. show         
Place:      Temple Bar
(View website)
               1026 Wilshire Blvd.
               Santa Monica, CA  90401
               (310) 393-6611
Tickets:   $10 (Please also consider bringing a donation to the Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive)

****Guests must be 18 and over.****

CLICK HERE for more information and to buy tickets.  We expect this event to sell out so please buy your tickets early. 

If you are interested in helping out with the event e-mail Jessica.Tritsch@readingtokids.org.

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BE A READING TO KIDS SUPERHERO!

You can be a hero by helping us inspire underserved kids with a love of reading!

So far, we've raised $8,346 from 116 donors, but we still have a long way to go to reach our goal of $35,000 from 600 donors. 

Ask your friends, family and coworkers to join in our mission by making a contribution to Reading to Kids. Supporters who collect 10 donations of any size will be recognized on our website as a Reading to Kids Superhero!   

To get started, you can use our Reading to Kids Superhero form, or create your own personalized fundraising page on www.firstgiving.com. Click here for additional resources including fundraising tips, FAQs, a sample e-mail, and more! 

You can also share the power of reading by making your own donation to our Annual Fund Drive. To join your fellow volunteers in donating to Reading to Kids, please click here. 


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NOVEMBER 10TH READING CLUBS: COLLEGE SPIRIT DAY!

November marks the middle of college football season, and in the spirit of healthy competitions (including the big crosstown  rivalries between UCLA and USC), our November reading clubs will once again feature a fun "College Spirit Day" competition.  Students and alumni are encouraged to wear their favorite school's t-shirt or sweatshirt to show off their school pride and the value of a college eduation.  Click here to join us for this fun day filled with books about "Sports, Games, and Hobbies!"

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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) 
 
info@readingtokids.org

 

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October 2007
Reading Club Statistics
School Kids Volunteers

Esperanza 

168

49

Gratts 

219

71

Hoover 

239

71

Los Angeles 

259

68

Magnolia 

311 73

Politi 

74

59

White 

138

49

TOTAL 

1408

440

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November Books. . .

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Kindergarten

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First Grade

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Second Grade

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Third Grade

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Fourth Grade

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Fifth Grade




LATEST READING TO KIDS STATISTICS


Through October 2007: 

1,220 people are current volunteers of Reading to Kids (volunteered at least once within the last six months) 

5,286 people are current subscribers to our email update list.

Since May 1999...

7,168 people have volunteered as readers with Reading to Kids; 
9,079 hardcover books have been donated to the schools' libraries;
51,610 books have been given directly to participating children for their home libraries; and volunteers have spent 56,373 hours volunteering at the reading clubs (for a "dollar value" of $995,422).

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