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October 17, 2013

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Thanks to the 1,355 kids, 493 volunteers, 225 parents, and 33 teachers & staff who attended our October reading clubs, this past Saturday was our largest reading club weekend in four years!

We would especially like to thank the seven magnificent magicians who brought "magic" to the reading clubs! They donated their talents last Saturday, so please consider contacting them for your next celebration.

Our November reading clubs promise to be chock full of "Sports, Fun, and Games!" We'll also be celebrating college spirit, so dig out your college sweatshirt or hat and wear your colors with pride. We always look forward to seeing which college brings the most spirit. If you would like to organize a group from your university or alumni organization, please e-mail us at info@readingtokids.org or call (310) 479-7455.

Sign up now to ensure your spot by clicking here to RSVP. We expect a lot of new volunteers in November, so please sign up early! Then help spread the word by also joining our November 9th Facebook Event.

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CROSSWORDS LA TOURNAMENT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS SAT., OCT. 26

Want to help out Reading to Kids an additional Saturday this month? Crossword puzzle lovers from everywhere will be converging at the Crosswords LA tournament on Saturday, October 26 with proceeds benefiting Reading to Kids!

This year the tournament will be held at Santa Monica Place, near the Santa Monica Pier, and Crosswords LA needs our volunteers to help! They need volunteers to set up portions of the event, greet and sign in contestants, and collect puzzle papers.

This tournament raises money for Reading to Kids, so if you can volunteer with them for either the full day or a half day, please email us today at info@readingtokids.org. Full day volunteers (8:30am 4:45pm) get a free lunch and a t-shirt! Let's show our volunteer spirit by supporting their efforts to help us!

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COLLEGE GIVE-AWAY ITEMS NEEDED

At the "Sports, Fun, and Games" reading clubs we celebrate College Spirit Day, which includes encouraging all of you to wear clothing with your college's logo.

At the November 9th Reading Clubs we want to give each child who attends something small with a college insignia on it.

If you can obtain college-related items, stickers are always a hit with the younger kids. For the older kids we like to give them pins/buttons, pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. But really, anything with a college logo will help plant the seeds of college interest.

If you work at or have a connection with a college, please help us by asking for a donation of items with that college's insignia. If you like, you can click this link for a request letter/email you can send. Great sources of items with your college's logo are the athletic department and the bookstore!

To "sponsor" one grade at one school, we need about 40 of one item. To sponsor all of one grade at all 7 schools, then we need about 225 of one item. And anything in between would be very helpful!

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ANNUAL FUND DRIVE LAUNCHED!

A huge thank you to everyone who has already donated to our 2013 Annual Fund Drive. The October reading clubs were a great kickoff to the Annual Fund Drive, and we have you to thank for it! The Annual Fund Drive goes on through the end of the year, and you can donate any time!

How Can You Help?

1) Make a pledge to donate by check or donate online today by visiting our 2013 Annual Fund Drive page. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated!

2) Show your support by asking friends and family to contribute! Visit our 2013 Annual Fund Drive page and look under the "Help us Fundraise!" header for resources, including our handy donor sheet for raising money with your friends and co-workers, tips for fundraising, and so much more.

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive
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MARATHON RUNNERS WANTED

Join Team Reading to Kids in the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon! Be a part of the inaugural group to run for Reading to Kids in one of the best marathons in the country. The dollars you raise will go to support our monthly reading clubs.

Team Reading to Kids 2014 ASICS LA Marathon

If you or a runner you know is interested in becoming one of our fundraising runners or creating a fundraising team, please email Chris Martin at marathonreadingtokids.org for all the details.

IMPORTANT NOTE: to register to run on behalf of Reading to Kids, you MUST receive a special code BEFORE registering on the ASICS LA Marathon website.

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Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you at Crosswords LA on October 26th and at the reading clubs on November 9th!

Sincerely,

Charlie Orchard, Hannah Edwards, and Sarah Parga
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
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Make a donation:
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November 2013
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 15 75
Esperanza 13 87
Gratts 16 81
Los Angeles 24 90
Magnolia 26 114
Politi 11 96
White 6 60
TOTAL 111 603
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