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December 14, 2017

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

We had a jolly time on Saturday with 1,033 kids, 437 volunteers, 120 parents, and 27 teachers & staff enjoying festive books and crafts at our December 9th reading clubs!

Santa at Los Angeles Elem. reading clubs

We extend a special thank you to our Santa Clauses, Mrs. Clauses, and elves for bringing the North Pole to the reading clubs, and to the Pasadena Jaycees for once again providing the Santa suits! If you are interested in volunteering for Operation Santa and bringing joy to children in need on Christmas Eve, click here or email them at!


Sign up for the next reading clubs!  Click here to submit your RSVP for our "Mysteries & Adventure" reading clubs on January 13th.

Note about MacArthur Park: For the weekend of January 13th, MacArthur Park Elementary is closed while the campus is being painted.

For our January 13th reading clubs, we encourage you to volunteer at any of Reading to Kids' other 7 schools! For a map of all of our school sites, click here.

Our reading clubs will return to MacArthur Park Elementary on Saturday, Feb. 10th, so mark your calendars!


At the January 13th reading clubs we are eager to give away a computer or iPad to one lucky kid at each school.

If you or your employer have any working computers that are less than 6 years old running Windows 7 or later, or any Macintosh computers less than 7 years old, or any iPads or similar tablets, we can give them to deserving kids!

We especially need working computers, whether or not they come with monitors, keyboards, etc. Please email us at for details.



Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

Thanks to 85 generous volunteer readers this past Saturday, we have now raised $27,581 overall from 391 donors! This puts us closer to our goal of raising $55,000 from 550 donors within the next two weeks!

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 Dec. 9th reading clubs:
1st: Gratts
2nd: Esperanza

Highest dollar amount raised at the Dec. 9th reading clubs:
1st: Esperanza
2nd: Alta Loma

Highest percentage of volunteers who have donated overall so far:
1st: MacArthur Park
2nd: Esperanza (only 1% behind MacArthur Park!)
3rd: White (only 1% behind Esperanza!)

Highest dollar amount raised overall so far:
1st: Esperanza
2nd: Politi


Congratulations and thanks to Matthew Jones & Yma Dandridge for being our second and third 2017 Annual Fund Drive Angels!

They became Angels when each gathered donations from friends for our 2017 Annual Fund Drive, and we invite everyone to become an Angel during this fund drive.

We have just 17 days to raise $27,419 from 159 more donors.

Here's how you can help, with your donations still 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!

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


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!

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

Thanks, and we hope you can join us at our next reading clubs on Saturday, January 13th!


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 14 38
Esperanza 20 71
Gratts 7 57
Los Angeles 12 54
Magnolia 9 63
Politi 2 48
White 7 38
TOTAL 71 369
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