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October 19, 2017

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

What a spooky, magical time we had this past Saturday with 1,037 kids, 465 volunteers, 200 parents, and 35 teachers & staff!

Esperanza Site Coordinator Mark May also delighted volunteers and kids there by dressing up as principal Brad Rumble, an avid bird watcher!

Mark May dressed as Esperanza principal and avid bird watcher Brad Rumble

Check out our Instagram, Twitter feed, and Facebook page to see some of the other clever costumes your fellow volunteers wore at the reading clubs!

We would especially like to thank the eight wonderfully entertaining magicians (most from the Westside Wizards) who made the reading clubs so special this month!
Westside Wizards


Please be sure to sign up for the next reading clubs!   Click here to submit your RSVP for our "The Wonders of Science & Technology" reading clubs on November 11th.

We expect a lot of new volunteers in November, so please sign up early! Then help spread the word by also joining our November 11th Facebook Event.

College Items Wanted!

November is our college spirit month, so dig out your college sweatshirts and ball caps to wear that morning! We always look forward to seeing which college brings the most spirit.

If you would like to organize a group from your university or alumni organization to volunteer with us, please e-mail us at info@readingtokids.org or call (310) 479-7455.

We also give out college swag to all of the kids - pens, pencils, stickers, etc. - anything with a college logo.

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 8 schools, then we need about 300 of one item. And anything in between would be very helpful!


Crosswords LA

Want to help out Reading to Kids an additional Saturday this month?

Crosswords LA is holding a crossword puzzle tournament this Saturday, October 21st, with proceeds benefiting Reading to Kids!

This year the tournament will be held on the University of Southern California campus in the Lower Level (LL) of Fertitta Hall (JFF) (see their directions page for details) – and we need four more volunteers to help!

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 please email us today at info@readingtokids.org today. Full day volunteers (9:30am – 4:00pm) get a free lunch!

Our volunteers will set up portions of the event, greet and sign in contestants, and collect puzzle papers. It's a lot of fun volunteering with them!



Do you know any runners? Are you a runner? Please forward this email to them and ask them to join Team Reading to Kids in next year's 2018 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 18th!

Team Reading to Kids 2018 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon Team Reading to Kids logo

We're looking for four more runners to join us in one of the best marathons in the country. You can share this Facebook group with any of your runner friends to encourage them to join our team!

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 marathon@readingtokids.org!

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.

Team Reading to Kids 2018 Skechers Performance LA Marathon


Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

We extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped us kick off our 2017 Annual Fund Drive, including 115 volunteers this past Saturday who together donated $3,604!

The names of the new donors have already been added to our 2017 Annual Fund Drive page, and here are the school competition stats so far:


Highest percentage of volunteers who donated at the Oct. 14th reading clubs:
1st: Politi with 34%!
2nd: MacArthur Park (only 1% behind Politi!)

Highest dollar amount raised at the Oct. 14th reading clubs:
1st: Esperanza
2nd: Los Angeles

Our overall goal by the end of the year is to raise $55,000 from 550 donors.

Here's how you can help, with your donations being counted towards the school competition:

1) Make a pledge to donate by check or donate online today by visiting our 2017 Annual Fund Drive. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated!

2) Show your support by asking friends and family to contribute! Visit our 2017 Annual Fund Drive page and look under the "Help us Fundraise!" header for resources, including information on creating your own personalized fundraising page, our handy donor sheet for raising money with your friends and co-workers, tips for fundraising, and so much more.

Once they know about Reading to Kids, many of your friends and family will want to donate - 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!

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive


Are you crafty? This Sunday, Oct. 22, join the Curriculum Committee at 12:30pm in the Reading to Kids offices to help create the activity and craft guides for the November books! Our address is 1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

Click here for our Facebook event, or click here for the Evite!

For details on all our events and more, check out our calendar!


Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you at Crosswords LA this Saturday and at the reading clubs on November 11th!


Charlie Orchard, Jessie Brown-Clark, and Jake Bakke
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)

Make a donation:

Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 15 44
Esperanza 15 71
Gratts 12 60
Los Angeles 21 71
MacArthur Park 5 49
Magnolia 14 73
Politi 5 60
White 5 41
TOTAL 92 469
NOVEMBER Books. . .
Kindergarten book
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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