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:
1st place: UCLA (84 volunteers!)
2nd place: USC (32 volunteers)
3rd place: The Claremont Colleges (9 volunteers)
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)
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
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.
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!
If you are interested in being Santa, Mrs. Claus, or an assisting "elf"
on December 14th, please contact us at
email@example.com. 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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you on December 14th!