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December 6, 2018

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Our "Family & The Spirit of Giving" reading clubs are this Saturday and we urgently need your help to recruit more volunteers!

Within the next 24 hours or so we need your help to recruit 70 more volunteers to read aloud to an expected 1,000 plus kids eager to hear a story and see Santa!

Also, if you have volunteered with us before and can step into any of these roles, please e-mail us at info@readingtokids.org (even if your regular school is full):

- Check-In Helper at Politi
- Volunteer Trainers at Alta Loma or Magnolia
- GLC at Alta Loma (K or 5th), Gratts (1st), Los Angeles (K), MacArthur Park (1st), Magnolia (K or 5th), Politi (K or 4th), or White (1st, 3rd, or 4th)

Santa at Reading to Kids


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.)

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 this Saturday, please 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 this Saturday. The theme is "Family & The Spirit of Giving", and the kids are eager to see Santa when he visits the reading clubs that morning.

      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 this Saturday morning, December 8th, near downtown LA

      - Volunteers must sign up online by 3pm tomorrow, 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!

Please help Reading to Kids bring joy to children this Saturday by inviting your friends, family and colleagues!



Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

December is the final month of our 2018 Annual Fund Drive, our most important fundraiser of the year! Help us reach our fundraising goal with a donation by cash, check, or credit card.


Highest percentage of volunteers who donated on Nov. 10th:
1st: White Elementary (50%!)
2nd: Politi Elementary
3rd: Los Angeles and MacArthur Park Elementary (tied)

Highest dollar amount raised on Nov. 10th:
1st: Esperanza Elementary
2nd: White Elementary
3rd: Gratts Elementary

Highest percentage of volunteers who have donated overall:
1st: Alta Loma
2nd: White
3rd: Gratts

Highest dollar amount raised overall:
1st: Magnolia
2nd: Esperanza
3rd: Politi

Which school will collect the greatest number of donations from their volunteers this month?

Here's how you can help, with your donations also counting towards the school competition:

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 - all you have to do is ask!

If you collect donations this week, you can bring them with you to Saturday's reading clubs!


At last month's reading clubs we had two supporters offer to match the first $300 of donations made at the November reading clubs at their two schools! This meant that anyone reading and donating at those schools that Saturday had their donation doubled!

If you or your employer can do something similar, please let us know and announce it on Saturday - a matching donation can be an exciting way to inspire others to donate!

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive


Reading to Kids volunteers hiking in Hollywood

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 this 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!



We are delighted to welcome and thank a new funder for us, the Oath Foundation, for their very generous grant of $25,000 to support Reading to Kids!

Their grant will go towards helping all of our volunteers share our enthusiasm for reading with the thousands of children we read to every month.

Our special thanks also go to Reading to Kids volunteer Eileen Scahill for being our Oath Employee Champion for this grant!



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 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 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 65 65
Gratts 55 62
Los Angeles 67 67
MacArthur Park 62 66
Magnolia 62 94
Politi 43 56
White 33 47
TOTAL 427 497
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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