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November 4, 2015
 

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Tonight's the night! Join Reading to Kids at 7pm tonight for Legendary Bingo at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood!

Reading to Kids Bingo Night flyer

All proceeds go to Reading to Kids. For more details, visit our Bingo event on Facebook and invite your friends!

Please also click the image above for a flyer in .PDF format and forward it to anyone you know who may be interested in going tonight. You can also print out the flyer and post it wherever many people are likely to see it, perhaps with a note that you are going and inviting others to join you.

WHEN:   Tonight, Wednesday, November 4, 7pm - 9pm
WHERE: Hamburger Mary's Restaurant
              8288 Santa Monica Blvd.
              West Hollywood, CA 90046
              (323) 654-3800
Cost:  $20 suggested donation (cash only, please!), which includes 9 regular bingo games and one grand prize bingo game with fantastic prizes!

Seating is limited so plan to arrive before 7:00 p.m. If you have a party of 6 or more then we strongly suggest making a reservation at Hamburger Mary's.

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HELP RECRUIT 115 MORE READERS
FOR NOV. 14th!

We are just 9 days away from the November 14th reading clubs, and we still need 115 more readers - which means we need YOUR help in recruiting them!

To get started, sign up today. Then join our November 14th Facebook Event so your friends will see that you will be attending.

Next, please email and 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:

1) The reading clubs are the morning of November 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 November 14th reading clubs. The theme is "The Wonders of Science and Technology", and all volunteers are encouraged to wear something with their college's logo to encourage the kids to aspire to college.   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, 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 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.  You can also use this easy email template to reach out to your friends and co-workers.

November 14th is also College Spirit Day, so be sure to earn honors for your alma mater and wear your college logo proudly! We'll be tallying the number of volunteers sporting their college logo that morning, then announcing the following week which college or university showed the most spirit at the reading clubs!

COLLEGE GIVE-AWAY ITEMS NEEDED

We want to give each child who attends our November 14th reading clubs something small with a college insignia on it.

If you can obtain college-related items, stickers are always a hit with the younger kids. For the older kids we like to give them pins/buttons, pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. But really, anything with a college logo will help plant the seeds of college interest.

If you work at or have a connection with a college, please help us by asking for a donation of items with that college's insignia. If you like, you can click this link for a request letter/email you can send. Great sources of items with your college's logo are the athletic department and the bookstore!

To "sponsor" one grade at one school, we need about 40 of one item. To sponsor all of one grade at all 7 schools, then we need about 225 of one item. And anything in between would be very helpful!

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MARATHON RUNNERS NEEDED

Do you know any runners? Ask them to join Team Reading to Kids in the 2016 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon! They'll be a part of team Reading to Kids as they run in one of the best marathons in the country on Sunday, February 14th (Valentine's Day).

Runners can run either the full marathon or a half-marathon, and the dollars raised 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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THANK YOU YAHOO EMPLOYEE FOUNDATION!

We are thrilled to thank the Yahoo Employee Foundation (YEF) for their very generous grant of $20,000 to support Reading to Kids!

YEF is a corporate advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and their grant will go towards helping all of our volunteers share our enthusiasm for reading with the thousands of children we read to every month.

Our special thanks go to Reading to Kids volunteer Eileen Scahill for being our Yahoo Employee Champion for this donation!

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2015 ANNUAL FUND DRIVE UPDATE!

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

The 2015 Annual Fund Drive is off to a great start with $5,538 donated from 104 donors!

Those who have donated can see their names listed on our 2015 Annual Fund Drive page. If you have not yet donated, be sure to donate today so we can add your name there, too.

Our Annual Fund Drive lasts until December 31st, and our goal this year is to raise $45,000 from 500 donors. Please help us meet that goal by spreading the word to your friends and co-workers!

How Can You Help?

1) Make a pledge to donate by check or online. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated!

2) Show your support by asking friends and family to contribute! Look under the "Help us Fundraise!" header for our handy donor sheet for raising money with your friends and co-workers, a sample email you can easily personalize, and tips for fundraising.

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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Thanks, and we hope to see you tonight at Hamburger Mary's for Legendary Bingo!

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

November 2015
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 52 53
Esperanza 66 100
Gratts 60 73
Los Angeles 100 113
Magnolia 74 100
Politi 42 67
White 36 44
TOTAL 430 550
November Books. . .
Kindergarten book
Kindergarten
First Grade book
First Grade
Second Grade book
Second Grade
Third Grade book
Third Grade
Fourth Grade book
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade book
Fifth Grade

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