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Reading to Kids News
November 14, 2013
 

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Our "Sports, Fun, and Games" reading clubs were a huge hit, with 1,192 kids, 486 volunteers, 154 parents, and 26 teachers & staff helping to make our November 9th reading clubs the biggest November we have ever had!

Our previous November record was set in 2009 when we were at eight schools, which makes this past Saturday's new record even more impressive!

Thank you to all of our volunteers who showed their college pride on Saturday! Your participation in our College Spirit Day inspires students to pursue their higher education goals.

We also want to thank those of you who donated college giveaway items. Whether you gave notebooks, pens, stickers, or pompoms, these items put smiles on students' faces and got them thinking about their academic dreams.

We are sure you are all wondering which college had the most spirit! Volunteers from 63 colleges and universities participated in November's College Spirit Day. The numbers have been tallied and (drum roll please), here are the results:

Local:
     1st place: UCLA (84 volunteers!)
     2nd place: USC (32 volunteers)
     3rd place: The Claremont Colleges (9 volunteers)
California (non-local):
     1st place: Stanford (15 volunteers)
     2nd place: UC Berkeley (9 volunteers)
Out of State:
     1st place: University of Florida (4 volunteers)
     2nd place: University of Illinois (3 volunteers)

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SIGN UP NOW FOR OUR
DECEMBER 14th READING CLUBS!

Don't miss out on "The Spirit of Giving" at our December Reading Clubs on Saturday the 14th. Click here to submit your RSVP.

Also, please join our December 14th Facebook Event. This way your friends will see the news on your Wall, and you can help spread the word.  December is one of our biggest months, and the December 14th Reading Clubs are closer than you think! Please recruit as many friends, co-workers, etc. as you can.

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SANTAS AND SANTA HELPERS NEEDED!

We are on the lookout for volunteers to dress up as Santa, Mrs. Claus, or one of his helpful elves. As we do every year, we will be having a very special visitor at our December 14th Reading Clubs. That's right, Santa Claus is coming to town!

We've had Santas of all shapes, sizes, colors, and gender, and we'll provide the full Santa suit. There's nothing better than seeing the students' excitement when Santa visits our reading clubs!

Santa and an elf at Reading to Kids

If you are interested in being Santa, Mrs. Claus, or an assisting "elf" on December 14th, please contact us at info@readingtokids.org. You won't be able to read aloud that day, but you'll bring great joy and see hundreds of smiling faces!

The Santa suits will once again be generously provided by the Pasadena Jaycee's Operation Santa. If you are interested in volunteering for this wonderful project, please click here to read more about it.

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2013 ANNUAL FUND DRIVE

At the November 9th Reading Clubs we continued our 2013 Annual Fund Drive and received more than 65 new donations!

We've set a goal of raising $45,000 from over 1,000 donors, so to meet our goal we need your help! The clock is ticking, and our goal is within reach, but we need our wonderful volunteers to help us get there.

We'll need a few days before we'll know which school raised the most from this past Saturday's reading clubs, so stay tuned for that announcement!

Here's how you can help, with your donations being counted towards the school competition:

1 - Donate online or make a pledge to donate by check 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. In particular, please consider personalizing and sending the provided sample email to friends and family, or posting our handy donor sheet.

Once they know about Reading to Kids, many probably want to donate to us - we just need you to ask!

Also, if your workplace matches donations to nonprofits, please share with them your donation, and ask them to consider matching it. In this way you double your donation and share with others your enthusiasm for Reading to Kids!

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive
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RUN THE ASICS LA MARATHON WITH READING TO KIDS

Do you have friends on Facebook who post about their latest running achievements or goals? Encourage them to join Team Reading to Kids in the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon! 

They can be a part of the inaugural group to run for Reading to Kids in one of the best marathons in the country. They can run either the full marathon or a half-marathon, and the dollars they raise will go to support our monthly reading clubs. Our runners have even started to train together.

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 on December 14th!

Sincerely,

Charlie Orchard, Hannah Edwards, and Sarah Parga
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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Make a donation:
http://readingtokids.org/HowToHelp/HelpDonate.php

DECEMBER 2013
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 24 65
Esperanza 14 83
Gratts 12 73
Los Angeles 25 96
Magnolia 15 99
Politi 9 86
White 17 66
TOTAL 116 568
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