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December 4, 2014

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

We hope you had a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving! We are only nine days away from our "Spirit of Giving" reading clubs! Make sure to join us as we bring the excitement of the holiday season to our students by reading books about Christmas, Santa and gift-giving.



December is one of our biggest months, and the December 13th reading clubs are just over one week away! We can use your help to recruit more volunteers.

To get started, sign up with us today.  Then join our December 13th Facebook Event so your friends will see that you will be attending.

Tweet @readingtokids, post to Facebook, and email your friends, letting them know that we still need more volunteers.

Make sure to tell your friends and family:

1) The reading clubs are the morning of December 13th near Downtown LA
2) Volunteers must sign up online at www.readingtokids.org

3) The school at which you will be reading
4) Santa will be attending!!

You can also help us by printing out this flyer and posting it at coffee shops, the gym, your office, or favorite community bulletin board.

Santa and an elf at Reading to Kids

Santa is coming, so we expect these reading clubs to be huge! 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 for more information or email them at OperationSanta@PasadenaJaycees.org!

If you're signed up for the Dec. 13th reading clubs but know you can't make it after all, please be sure to cancel your RSVP as soon as you can.



Our Annual Fund Drive is in its final month, and we need your help to reach our goal of raising $45,000 this year. So far we have raised $23,251 from 254 donors! Do you wonder what the money you contribute goes toward?

•$5 purchases prize books for 4 kids!
•$18 purchases 15 take-home prize books for participating kids!
•$50 purchases 4 hardcover read aloud books that are donated to school libraries!
•$600 purchases a year's worth of prizes books for parents at one school!

How Can You Help?

Make a pledge to donate by check or donate online today by visiting our 2014 Annual Fund Drive page. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated!

Show your support by asking friends and family to contribute! If every person who is currently signed up for the December 13th reading clubs gathered and brought donations of any size from just 3 people, we could meet our goal!

Consider asking coworkers, family, teammates, bowling buddies... you get the picture! We've made it super simple, just print out this donor sheet and start asking, or spend just a few minutes personalizing and sending this sample email!

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

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

HELP US WIN $10,000!

This past summer, Reading to Kids was selected as one of 15 U.S. finalists for Fluor's Global Community Project Fund, and your votes helped us win a $10,000 grant!

As part of that project, 13 Fluor employees read aloud to children at Magnolia Elementary on November 8th, while another Fluor employee talked to parents about the importance of science and technology-based fields of study.

You can help Reading to Kids win an additional $10,000 Best-In-Class award from Fluor - here's how:

Go to Reading to Kids volunteer and Fluor employee Jinhwa Chun's blog. Use the GlobalCommunityProjectFund link in the upper right to submit your comments or questions about our project's progress.

Fluor Blog link

At the end of the year, an additional $10,000 "Best-in-Class" award will go to the benefiting organization of the project that demonstrated the most progress, employee support, impact, and visibility in their local community and beyond.

Please show Fluor your enthusiasm for Reading to KidsYour comment may be featured on the blog, where you can also see inspiring photos from the Nov. 8th reading clubs.



We recently received a $10,000 grant from our hometown basketball team, the Los Angeles Clippers! We cannot wait to use the Los Angeles Clippers Foundation's generous donation towards next year's books and are delighted that the Clippers have chosen to support the lives of those in our community.


Amazon Smile

Are you starting your holiday gift shopping? Do you shop on Amazon.com? If you shop using AmazonSmile, they will donate 0.5% of your purchases to Reading to Kids!

Click here for easy directions on how to start using AmazonSmile to support us!


Thank you for your help, and happy recruiting!


Charlie Orchard, Alexandra Babiarz, and Lindsay Rapkin
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 58 70
Esperanza 85 97
Gratts 54 62
Los Angeles 113 113
Magnolia 90 114
Politi 67 70
White 42 54
TOTAL 509 580
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