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November 29, 2018

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

December starts this weekend, and Reading to Kids is busily preparing for the always exciting December 8th reading clubs!

Santa at Alta Loma reading clubs


Santa is coming, so we expect these reading clubs to be huge!

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

Within the next eight days we need your help to recruit 182 more volunteers to read aloud to an expected 1,000 plus kids eager to hear a story and see Santa on December 8th!

Here are 5 easy things you can do right now to help!

  1. If you haven't already, please visit our website now and sign up.

  2. Share and join our December 8th Facebook Event to let your friends know the fun you'll be up to on the 8th!

  3. Whether or not you can volunteer on the 8th, tweet, post, pin, and tumble to all your friends and followers that we need more volunteers. Here's a sample post you can use:

      "Santa + reading to excited kids + holiday spirit = the best way to spend your Saturday morning! My favorite volunteer organization, Reading to Kids, is looking for more volunteers for their reading clubs on Saturday, Dec. 8th. The theme is "Family & The Spirit of Giving", and the kids are eager to see Santa when he visits the reading clubs that day.

      Join me at ### Elementary School for a fun, heartwarming morning of reading to elementary school kids near downtown LA. To join me, sign up online today at www.readingtokids.org."

    If you write your own post, please be sure to include the following two things:

      - The reading clubs are Saturday morning, December 8th, near downtown LA

      - Volunteers must sign up online by 3pm on Friday, Dec. 7th, at www.readingtokids.org

    If you have people in mind who you think would really like to read with us, tag them in your post. It will alert them to the reading clubs and show up in their friends' news feeds.

  4. Copy from our email template at http://www.readingtokids.org/News/SampleVolRecruitEmail.pdf to encourage people you know to sign up to read with us!

  5. Print out this flyer at http://readingtokids.org/ProMaterials/VolunteerTearOffFlyer.pdf and post it somewhere others will see it. Make it a personal and fun social event by including the school at which you'll be reading or encouraging them to read at your favorite of our eight partner schools!
Set up a group to volunteer with us
E-mail us at info@readingtokids.org and we'll get your group added into our volunteer group list!

USC Stamps Scholars at Esperanza
USC Stamps Scholars at Esperanza!


Want to help us run our reading clubs each month?

Next Thursday, Dec. 6, join the Operations Committee for their Quarterly meeting from 7 pm - 8:15 pm in the Reading to Kids offices (address in our signature below). We are always looking for more Site Coordinators, so please join us or call in to (310) 853-1508!

For details on this or any of our events, check out our handy calendar on our website!



Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

Our 2018 Annual Fund Drive success continues to grow, grow, grow, and we are already up to $23,390 donated from 317 donors!

All who have donated can see their names listed on our 2018 Annual Fund Drive page. Donate and we can add your name there, too!

Our Annual Fund Drive lasts until December 31st, and our goal this year is to raise $55,000 from 550 donors. Please help us meet that goal by spreading the word to your friends and co-workers!

How Can You Help?

1 - Donate online or make a pledge to donate by check today by visiting our 2018 Annual Fund Drive page. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated!

2) Show your support by asking friends and family to contribute! Visit our 2018 Annual Fund Drive page and look under the "Help us Fundraise!" header for resources, including information on creating your own personalized fundraising page on Facebook, 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 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


Reading to Kids volunteers hiking in Hollywood

(We had postponed this hike from last month due to poor air quality from the fires.) Join us for an urban exploration of hills and neighborhoods in the area near the Hollywood Bowl. We will tour the Hollywood Dell, Whitley Heights (the first celebrity enclave in Hollywood) and the High Tower, a roadless neighborhood set in the hill next to the Bowl that you probably never noticed!

We will go up and down streets and stairways and see sites of interest along the way.

We will gather at 9:00 am on Sunday, December 9th in front of the 101 Coffee Shop on Franklin. The hike will be led by Mark May.

The full route is about 6 miles but there are several places en route where hikers can easily return to the starting place. We should be done by 12 noon. Look for parking on adjoining streets or ride Metro to Hollywood and Vine and walk up the hill. You can RSVP on our Facebook event or simply show up that Sunday morning!



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 four more full marathon runners and four 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


Charlie Orchard, Jessica Brown-Clark, & Michele Brito
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 40 40
Esperanza 48 65
Gratts 34 62
Los Angeles 56 67
MacArthur Park 34 65
Magnolia 41 94
Politi 33 56
White 28 47
TOTAL 314 496
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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