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September 13, 2018

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Even though it was a three-day weekend for the kids and teachers, last Saturday we welcomed 811 kids, 404 volunteers, 191 parents, and 34 teachers & staff to our September Back to School Fun reading clubs!

Of the 18 volunteer groups who participated, we especially thank the Junior League of Los Angeles for bringing 71 volunteers!

At Esperanza Elementary we celebrated volunteer David Rickard earning his 200th reading clubs milestone, and volunteer Jim Ostiller "retiring" after 123 reading clubs! David is our 2nd volunteer to participate for 200 Saturday mornings!

David Rickard's 200th reading club, Jim Ostiller's 123rd

From left to right above is Janet Webb (120 reading clubs), David Rickard, Charlie Orchard (Managing Director), Jim Ostiller (seated), Cathy Ostiller (119 reading clubs), Mark May (Esperanza Site Coordinator), and Cliff Marcus (115 reading clubs). Click the photo to see it full-sized!


This Tuedsay, Sept. 18, we are having a Training Committee Meeting at 6:30pm at the Ebus office, 9250 Washburn Road, Downey, CA 90242. Help review our training modules - join us or call in at (310) 853-1508! See our calendar for details.



Please be sure to sign up for the next reading clubs! Submit your RSVP here for our "Halloween, Magic, and Monsters" reading clubs on October 13th.

Our October reading clubs are even more popular than September, so sign up now and tell your coworkers, family and friends about your favorite volunteer opportunity!

To help with that, after you sign up, please join our October 13th Facebook event, too.

Magician Raul Fernandez perfoming at Gratts

We will have magicians performing at each of our eight schools, and encourage all volunteers to dress up in school-appropriate Halloween costumes!



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 2019 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 24th!

Team Reading to Kids 2019 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon Team Reading to Kids logo

We're looking for eight more full marathon runners and five Charity Challenge runners (the last 13 miles of the course) to join us in one of the best marathons in the country.

If either of those distances is too daunting, you can join us in the Big 5K (that's just 3.1 miles) near Dodger Stadium the day before the marathon on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

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 2019 Skechers Performance LA Marathon


Reading to Kids' Legendary Bingo fundraiser at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood

On Wednesday, October 3rd, join Reading to Kids for Legendary Bingo at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood with celebrity ballcaller Tim DeKay from White Collar, Party of Five, Carnivale, & Here and Now!

The drinks are strong, the drag queen bingo is "R" rated, and seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat in advance!

Reading to Kids Bingo Night flyer

If you've been before you know it's a blast. If you haven't, click here for a video of one of our previous winners to see what you've been missing!

Please click the image above for a flyer in .PDF format, and forward it to anyone you know who may be interested in going to our Legendary Bingo Night. 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:   Wednesday, Oct. 3, 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!

Legendary Bingo is very popular and there is limited seating available. Plan to arrive before 7:00 p.m. to get a seat. We strongly suggest making a reservation (you must have a party of 4 or more) at Hamburger Mary's to ensure your seat.

All proceeds go to Reading to Kids. For more details, visit our Oct. 3rd Bingo event on Facebook and invite your friends!




Did you know you can support Reading to Kids just by shopping at the grocery store or using your credit card?

eScrip and Ralphs both have programs that are NO COST ways for you to donate to Reading to Kids.

All you have to do is call Ralphs or go online and register your grocery cards.  When you use those cards at a participating store or service provider, the store will donate a percentage of your purchases to Reading to Kids

Click here for simple instructions on how to sign up or renew! Or, you can call Ralphs Community Contribution Program at (800) 443-4438. Explain you want to register your Ralphs card number and your telephone number. Reading to Kids NPO# is BR278.

Note if you have previously signed up: You have to renew your registration each year on or after September 1st, so please renew again for this year!

Amazon Smile

Do you shop on Amazon.com? If you shop using AmazonSmile, they will donate 0.5% of your purchases to Reading to Kids!

Click here for easy directions on how to start using AmazonSmile!


Thanks, and please sign up and recruit for our October 13th reading clubs!


Charlie Orchard & Jessica Brown-Clark
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)

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Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 16 43
Esperanza 18 76
Gratts 14 60
Los Angeles 23 63
MacArthur Park 13 62
Magnolia 15 98
Politi 6 65
White 16 41
TOTAL 121 508
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