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Weekly News Update
April 24, 2008

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Thanks to everyone who attended Reading to Kids' Fourth Annual Comedy Night and Silent Auction this Tuesday!  With a packed room at the Improv and a great lineup of comedians and silent auction items, we raised over $10,000 to support our reading clubs!

A special thanks goes out to all of the comics who donated their time and talent to support Reading to Kids:

Carlos Mencia

Mark Serritella

Shang

Joy Gohring

Naro

Eric Schwartz

and our host, Ali Oktay!

Additional thanks go out to all of our Comedy Night volunteers and Reading to Kids interns -- all of whom dedicated many hours to making the event a success.

Thanks again, and we hope to see you all next year!

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FESTIVAL OF BOOKS & CELEBRATELA THIS WEEKEND!

Festival of Books

Join Reading to Kids this weekend at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (view website) at UCLA.  Reading to Kids will be reaching out to thousands of book enthusiasts to promote our reading clubs.  We still have a few volunteer openings at our booth; click here to see available shifts.  E-mail Jessica.Tritsch@readingtokids.org to sign up. 

The Festival of Books is the largest literacy fair in the world and takes place once a year on the UCLA campus.  The event is free and open to the public on Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Reading to Kids will be at booth 144; click here to see an event map.  If you are not volunteering at the booth, make sure to stop by and say hello!

CelebrateLA

The Volunteer Center of Los Angeles-Assistance League of Southern California is organizing a 2008 CelebrateLA Volunteer Recognition Event at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Sunday, April 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  This is the first year of this event, which is set up to recognize volunteers and give volunteer organizations an opportunity to reach out to community members.

Reading to Kids will be at booth 5 in the "Education" section.  If you are at the event, stop by to visit!

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VOLUNTEER AT BIG SUNDAY!

Join Reading to Kids volunteers at BIG SUNDAY, L.A.'s Annual Day of Service.  Volunteers from all over Los Angeles will help out at more than 200 community sites all over the city on Saturday, May 3rd, and Sunday, May 4th.

Los Angeles Elementary and Magnolia Elementary will both be sites for this service event, and a group of Reading to Kids volunteers will be joining in the fun!

Create a Reading Garden at L.A. Elementary (Project #195)
Date: Saturday, May 3rd
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Details: Volunteers will be painting garden boxes, planting flowers, and planting trees to create a Reading Garden for the kids!
Sign Up: Click here

Have a Day of Blooming Together at the Great Magnolia Street School (Project #242)
Date: Sunday, May 4th
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Details: Volunteers will be planting a garden in front of the school, decorating and delivering flower pots to local seniors with Alzheimer's Disease, making cards and bookmarks, and more! There will also be good food and live music!
Sign Up:
Click here

Click here for more information on BIG SUNDAY events and to sign up.

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MAY 10th READING CLUBS

Sign up today for the May 10th "Family and Culture" Reading Clubs.  

We are hosting our first reading clubs at Alta Loma Elementary and are expecting big turnout at all schools, so please join us for a morning of reading fun!  Click here to sign up.

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Have a great day!

  Jessica Tritsch & Sarah Kolterman 
  Reading to Kids
  1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
  Los Angeles, CA 90025
  (310) 479-7455
  (310) 479-7435 (FAX) 
 
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May 2008
Reading Club Status
School RSVPs Capacity

Alta Loma

11

49

Esperanza 

31 76

Gratts 

14

84

Hoover 

22

68

Los Angeles

35

76

Magnolia 

20 92

Politi 

13

54

White 

18

54

TOTAL 

164

553

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