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November 16, 2017

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Even though this past Saturday fell on a three-day weekend to observe Veterans Day, 833 kids, 375 volunteers, 97 parents, and 28 teachers & staff together made our November 11th reading clubs a success!

In addition to giving away our 160,000th prize book, each child also took home something with a college logo to celebrate College Spirit Month!

196 volunteers showed their college spirit by wearing college logos from 64 different schools. You can see photos of a few of them in our Instagram feed, and below is a photo of our volunteers at MacArthur Park!

Volunteers at MacArthur Park Elementary wearing college logos

Next month is one of our biggest months of the year, and the December 9th reading clubs are just a few short weeks away!



Please be sure to sign up for the next reading clubs!   Click here to submit your RSVP for our "Winter & The Spirit of Giving" reading clubs on December 9th, then "join" the December 9th reading club event on Facebook and invite your friends!

Santas Needed!

Santa and an elf at Reading to Kids

At least once in your life you should experience being Santa or one of his helpers - and here is your chance!

We need eight people willing to be Santa, Mrs. Claus, or an assisting "elf" at our reading clubs on December 9th. We've had Santas of all shapes, sizes, and gender, and we'll provide the full Santa suit.

Santa or his helpers do NOT need to be veteran Reading to Kids volunteers, so please ask your friends if they can be Santa, Mrs. Claus, or an elf on the 9th!

There's nothing better than seeing the students' excitement when Santa visits our reading clubs! If you are interested in being Santa, Mrs. Claus, or an assisting "elf" on December 9th, please reply to this email. You won't be able to read that day, but you'll see hundreds of smiling faces!



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

On Saturday we received $3,482 from 98 donors towards our 2017 Annual Fund Drive!

We also thank and congratulate Toni Childers for being our first 2017 Annual Fund Drive Angel!

Toni became an Angel when she gathered donations from at least 10 of her friends for our 2017 Annual Fund Drive, and we invite everyone to become a fundraising Angel! Thank you, Toni!

The names of all new donors have 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 Nov. 11th reading clubs:
1st: MacArthur Park (a new leader with 46%!)
2nd: White (barely behind with 45%!)

Highest dollar amount raised at the Nov. 11th reading clubs:
1st: Esperanza
2nd: Alta Loma

Highest percentage of volunteers who have donated overall:
1st: MacArthur Park
2nd: White

Highest dollar amount raised overall:
1st: Esperanza
2nd: Politi (only $44 behind!)

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 - Donate online or make a pledge to donate by check today by visiting our 2017 Annual Fund Drive page. 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. In particular, please consider personalizing and sending the provided sample email to friends and family, or posting our handy donor sheet.

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

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

Thank you for your support, and please help recruit for the 12/9 reading clubs!


Charlie Orchard, Jessica Brown-Clark, & Jake Bakke
Reading to Kids
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 13 51
Esperanza 36 83
Gratts 12 65
Los Angeles 24 81
MacArthur Park 7 59
Magnolia 7 81
Politi 4 68
White 10 45
TOTAL 113 533
DECEMBER 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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