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November 21, 2013

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Are you one of our Twitter followers? Did you know we have been tweeting up a storm about our read-aloud books, crafts and craft photos, blog posts, interesting literacy events, Reading to Kids news, and our volunteers?

Join us and help spread the word by tweeting about @readingtokids today, November 21st! We'll retweet the best tweets that we see!



December is one of our biggest months, and the December 14th Reading Clubs are just a few short weeks away! We need more than 600 volunteers (and two more Santas), so please start recruiting as many, friends, co-workers, etc. as you can. 

To get started, please reply right now to our December 14th Facebook Event that you are going so your friends will see that on your Wall. Then go to our website and sign up with us.

Next, please start emailing and posting on your Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/ etc. that we need more volunteers. I've provided a sample post below, but in whatever you post please be sure to include the following two things:

1) The reading clubs are the morning of December 14th near Downtown LA
2) Volunteers must sign up online at www.readingtokids.org

"My favorite volunteer organization, Reading to Kids, is looking for more volunteers for their December 14th reading clubs. The theme is "The Spirit of Giving", and the kids are eager to see Santa when he visits the reading clubs that day.   Join me at ### Elementary School for a fun, heartwarming morning of reading to elementary school kids near downtown LA. To join me, sign up online today at www.readingtokids.org."

If you have people in mind who you think would really like to read with us, email them the above message or tag them in your post. Tagging them in the post will alert them to the reading clubs and show up in their friends' news feeds.

Please also do your part by printing out this flyer and posting it at your work, school, church, synagogue, mosque, or favorite community bulletin board. You can also use this easy email template.

If each of our volunteers recruits two friends to join us at our December 14th Reading Clubs, we can reach our volunteer goal.



At the November 9th Reading Clubs we continued the 2013 Annual Fund Drive, gathering another 76 donations!

The school that had the largest percentage of their volunteers donate at the November 9th clubs was Alta Loma Elementary, and they remain the overall leader of volunteer donor percentage! White came in second place in November.

The school that raised the highest dollar amount on the 9th was Esperanza Elementary, including Matthew Jones' gathered donations and a corporate matching donation earned by volunteer Janet Webb! Esperanza continues to lead the largest overall dollar amount raised, with Los Angeles in second place.

Here's how you can help, with your donations also counting 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 becoming an Angel and posting our handy donor sheet.

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

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive


At our November 9th reading clubs we reached a new milestone as we gave away our 120,000th paperback prize book to a participating child!

With so many children choosing to attend our reading clubs, we rely on generous donors such as the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, which has once again generously donated more than 2,400 prize books!

We thank the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation for helping us share the excitement of reading and providing so many books for children to take home.



We also wish to thank two donors who recently contributed funds to us.

Aon has generously awarded us $2,000 to support our mission of inspiring underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success. We would particularly like to thank their Latinos Embracing Aon Diversity (LEAD) Business Resource Group for choosing us.

We also welcome a new supporter this month, the Charlotte and William Hinson Charitable Foundation, who donated $1,000. We are proud to be a community partner with them in fostering literacy in Los Angeles!


Thanks, and we look forward to your tweets!


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)

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Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 49 66
Esperanza 36 92
Gratts 35 81
Los Angeles 59 105
Magnolia 28 106
Politi 19 87
White 35 77
TOTAL 261 614
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