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January 4, 2018

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Happy 2018! We hope your new year is off to a great start and that we'll see you at our January 13th Mysteries & Adventure reading clubs.

A boy reading at our reading clubs

We still need 132 more volunteers to join the expedition, so sign up today. Then, help spread the word by also replying to our January 13th Facebook Event that you are going.

Volunteering with friends on January 13th is a great way to celebrate the new year!

(If you have signed up and can't make it, please cancel to make room for another volunteer.)

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!


Next week for an hour or two between 7:30am and 2:30pm, we need your help conducting quick classroom walk-throughs to encourage kids to come to our January 13th reading clubs.

If you have volunteered with us before, please reply to info@readingtokids.org or call the office at (310) 479-7455 if you can be an Ambassador!


This Sunday, January 7th, join the Curriculum Committee at 12:30pm in the Reading to Kids office to help create the activity and craft guides for the January 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!


At the January 13th reading clubs we would love 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 (CPUs), whether or not they come with monitors, keyboards, etc. Please email us at info@readingtokids.org for details.



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 the 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 three 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

As our final wrap-up to the 2017 Annual Fund Drive, we wanted to thank all of our 558 donors for helping us raise $51,718! We expect more checks in the mail and corporate matching donations, so we should reach $55,000!

Our very special thanks go out to our nine fundraising Angels:

Matthew Jones
Yma Dandridge
Mark May
Prince Selvage
Toni Childers
Patrick White
Jessie Brown-Clark
Katie Jones
Jen Hendrickson

Scroll down our 2017 Annual Fund Drive page for how much each raised – together they raised $10,864 from 107 donors!

School Competition Winners!

Highest overall percentage of volunteers who donated to the Annual Fund Drive:
1st: Esperanza Elementary!
2nd: MacArthur Park Elementary (only 1% behind Esperanza)
3rd: White Elementary (with Alta Loma just 1% behind!)

Highest overall dollar amount raised for the Annual Fund Drive:
1st: Esperanza Elementary!
2nd: Politi Elementary
3rd: Gratts Elementary (a mere $79 behind Politi!)

Volunteers at all of the schools together raised $26,509!

Finally, we extend our sincere appreciation to all of the AFD Speakers and credit card swipers who helped raise these much-needed funds over the last three reading clubs!


Thanks, and we look forward to a wonderful 2018 of sharing books and crafts with you!


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 39 40
Esperanza 50 68
Gratts 40 60
Los Angeles 47 60
Magnolia 40 76
Politi 27 51
White 29 49
TOTAL 272 404
JANUARY Books. . .
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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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