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Weekly Update
July 7, 2008

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Welcome back from the holiday weekend!

The July 12th reading clubs are fast approaching, and we still need 123 volunteers!  

July marks the start of a new school year, and we will be giving out school supplies to participating children.  Click here to sign up!

The July theme is "Independence and Growing Up.Thanks to Charles White Elementary staff for helping to pick out our July books!  Take a peek at what you will be reading on Saturday: 

*Kindergarteners will help Peter learn how to whistle for his dog Willie in Ezra Jack Keat's Whistle For Willie.

*Second graders will follow Ana through her journey growing up with an older sister in Growing Up With Tamales by Gwendolyn Zepeda and Gabriela Ventura.

*Fourth graders will hear a story about a young Spanish-speaking boy's struggles to find motivation in school. The readers will discover how the boy can conquer his fear of language barriers and cultural differences in Francisco Jimenez's La Mariposa.

For a complete list of books along with discussion topics and arts and craft ideas, click here.

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Help Recruit Volunteer Readers

Reading to Kids needs your help to recruit volunteers for this Saturday!

How can you help?

1. Post a Reading to Kids flyer in your local coffee shop or workplace.  Click here to download our "Volunteer Tear-Off flyer." 

2. Send an E-mail to friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances - anyone who may be interested in reading to kids this Saturday!  Below is a reading club description you can send.

Read to Kids this Saturday!

Help inspire kids with a love of reading this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon!

Reading to Kids organizes monthly reading clubs on the second Saturday of every month at eight downtown Los Angeles elementary schools.  Pairs of volunteer readers read aloud to small groups of students from the elementary school (typically between 4 and 6 children per group) in a fun environment. Volunteers also help the children create craft projects related to the books. Teachers from the elementary school provide training, supervision and guidance throughout the morning.  At the end of the reading clubs, Reading to Kids gives each child a book to take home and donates the read aloud books to the school's library.

Our next reading clubs will be held on July 12, 2008.  To sign up, please visit www.readingtokids.org to register and RSVP. For more information, please feel free to e-mail info@readingtokids.org or call (310) 479-7455.

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Program Coordinator Position

Reading to Kids is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator.  As one of two paid employees of the agency, the Program Coordinator will have an exceptional opportunity to work with a grassroots nonprofit organization.  This position offers the opportunity to help direct the growth of Reading to Kids and to bring the joy of reading to many more children in Los Angeles. 

Click here for the full Program Coordinator job description and information on how to apply.

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Have a great week!

  Jessica Tritsch & Sarah Kolterman 
  Reading to Kids
  1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
  Los Angeles, CA 90025
  (310) 479-7455
  (310) 479-7435 (FAX) 



July 2008
Reading Club Status
School RSVPs Capacity

Alta Loma




55 58







Los Angeles




40 45










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