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Weekly Update
December 17, 2009


Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Santa Claus had a merry time visiting the 988 children, 554 volunteers, 193 parents, and 38 teachers and school administrators who attended the December "Winter Wonderlands" Reading Clubs.  Thank you all for making the reading clubs festive and full of holiday cheer!

Thank you to all the following Santas and Santa's helpers who visited the kids on Saturday!

Alta Loma: Will Sutton
Esperanza: Carter Morris & Erika Atilano
Gratts: Mark Encinias
Hoover: Raul Fernandez & Grant Miller
Los Angeles: Chris Martin & Linda Spurrier
Magnolia: Jerry Tung & Kathy Cramlet
Politi: Ken Morris & Jackie Rivera
White: David Callahan & Rachel Zwass

Check out a couple of volunteers who really got into the holiday spirit!  

A special THANK YOU to the Pasadena Jaycees for lending us the Santa suits.  To find out how you can help out with Operation Santa, the Pasadena Jaycees longest running community service project, read the next news item.  

Be sure to start the New Year off right with the "New People, New Places, New Things "January 9th Reading Clubs!  SIGN UP today!



The Pasadena Jaycees are looking for volunteers who would like to dress up as Santa and Mrs. Claus and deliver toys to children in the Pasadena/Altadena areas on Christmas Eve!  Operation Santa provides the costumes and toys and the delivery route.  Each Santa averages about 30 houses.  Be part of an over 65-year program and wake up on Christmas Day with some beautiful holiday memories!  All interested parties should send an e-mail to Michelle Lai at volunteer@opsanta.org.

For more information about Operation Santa and volunteer opportunities with them throughout December and on Christmas Eve, please visit www.opsanta.org



For 10 straight years, Reading to Kids has been able to increase our number of donors-- that's the number of people who have been generous enough to donate any amount, big or small.  Every single one of these donations helps us in our fundraising efforts throughout the year because they show foundations and other big funders how much widespread support our program has in the community.

Right now, we are still short 200 donors of our goal, and we need your help!  Please consider making a donation of any amount to Reading to Kids before December 31, 2009, and ask your friends to join you in the spirit of giving.  A donation of even $1 makes an impact, so don't worry if you don't have much left over after all that holiday shopping!

To make a donation, please visit http://readingtokids.org/HowToHelp/HelpDonate.php.  You can also use this form to collect donations from friends and family.

Thank you to everyone who has already spread their holiday cheer with a donation this year!




Lisa Flores, Joby Mahto, and Rachel Zwass
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)

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Reading Club Stats
School Volunteers Children

Alta Loma

57 208


90 127


66 145


34 66
Los Angeles


Magnolia 95 169
Politi 68 120


TOTAL 554 988

January Books. . .

The Perfect Nest

How to Make a Cherry Pie
First Grade

Erika San
Second Grade

Eve of the Emperor Penguin
Third Grade

From Russia With Lunch
Fourth Grade

Eye of the Forest
Fifth Grade

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