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October 8, 2015
 

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Our Halloween, Magic, and Monsters reading clubs are this Saturday, and we need your help to make sure we have enough volunteers, especially at Esperanza, Gratts, Magnolia, and White.

We need 46 more volunteers to read aloud spooky and fun stories to an expected 1,200 plus kids eager to see the magicians we'll have performing this Saturday!

Here are 5 easy things you can do right now to help!

  1. If you haven't already, please visit our website now and sign up.

  2. "Join" our October 10th Facebook Event to let your friends know the fun you'll be up to this Saturday!

  3. Whether or not you can volunteer this Saturday, post 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:

    - The reading clubs are this Saturday morning, October 10th, near downtown LA
    - Volunteers must sign up online at www.readingtokids.org

    Sample Post:

    My favorite volunteer organization, Reading to Kids, needs more volunteers for their October 10th reading clubs this Saturday. The theme is "Halloween, Magic, and Monsters", and we'll have a magician performing for the kids.   Join me at ### Elementary School for a fantastic 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, tag them in your post. It will alert them to the reading clubs and show up in their friends' news feeds.

  4. Use our handy email template (in PDF) to encourage people you know to sign up to read with us!

  5. Print out this flyer and post it in heavily populated locations such as coffee shops, the gym, your office or other various community centers. Make it a personal and fun social event by including the school at which you'll be reading or encouraging them to read at Esperanza, Gratts, Magnolia, and White Elementary!
At this Saturday's reading clubs, feel free to wear fun, school-appropriate Halloween costumes, too!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Halloween costume

If you're signed up for the Oct. 10th reading clubs but know you can't make it after all, please be sure to cancel your RSVP as soon as you can.

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MAKE YOUR ANNUAL FUND DRIVE
DONATION A MATCH

The October 10th reading clubs include the launch of our 2015 Annual Fund Drive, our most important fundraiser of the year!

Two years ago an anonymous donor matched the first $500 of donations made at the October reading clubs at Alta Loma Elementary! This meant that anyone reading and donating at Alta Loma that Saturday had their donation doubled!

If you or your employer is interested in doing something similar, please contact us - a matching donation can be an exciting way to inspire others to donate!

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive
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CROSSWORDS LA TOURNAMENT NEEDS YOUR HELP SAT., OCT. 24

Crosswords LA

Crossword puzzle lovers from everywhere will be converging at the Crosswords LA tournament on Saturday, October 24 with proceeds benefiting Reading to Kids!

The tournament will be held at the Fowler Museum at UCLA (in the Harry and Yvonne Lenart Auditorium), 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 e-mail us at info@readingtokids.org. Full day volunteers (8:30am 4:45pm) get a free lunch! Let's show our volunteer spirit by supporting their efforts to help us!

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JOIN US NOVEMBER 4TH FOR LEGENDARY BINGO

Mark your calendars for Legendary Bingo at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood!

If you've been before you know it's a blast. If you haven't, it's time to see what you've been missing!

Reading to Kids Bingo Night flyer

When
:  Wednesday, November 4, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Hamburger Mary's Restaurant
             8288 Santa Monica Blvd.
             West Hollywood, CA 90046
Cost:  $20 suggested donation (cash only, please!), which includes 9 regular bingo games and one grand prize bingo game with fantastic prizes! Remember, the show is R rated and a ton of fun.

For more details, visit our Bingo event on Facebook and invite your friends!

You can also help us gather prizes for the bingo winners! To help you get started, here is information about Reading to Kids you can share with potential donors, as well as a donation form for them to complete.

We'd also like to have a celebrity host as a bingo caller. Please reply if you can personally reach out to any celebrities who would like to help your favorite cause.

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MARATHON RUNNERS WANTED

Join Team Reading to Kids in the 2016 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon! Be a part of team Reading to Kids as you run in one of the best marathons in the country on Sunday, February 14th (Valentine's Day).

You can run either the full marathon or a half-marathon, and the dollars you raise will go to support our monthly reading clubs.

Team Reading to Kids 2016 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon Team Reading to Kids logo

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 from us a special web address to use when registering on the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon website.

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Thanks, and we hope to see you Saturday!

Sincerely,

Charlie Orchard, Tiara Johnson, and Emma Rees
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)
info@readingtokids.org
www.readingtokids.org
www.facebook.com/readingtokids
www.twitter.com/readingtokids
www.readingtokids.blogspot.com

Make a donation:
www.readingtokids.org/HowToHelp/HelpDonate.php

October 2015
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 63 64
Esperanza 85 95
Gratts 67 74
Los Angeles 104 111
Magnolia 89 100
Politi 60 62
White 52 60
TOTAL 520 566
October Books. . .
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Fifth Grade book
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