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November 14, 2019

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

This month, even though it was a three-day weekend to observe Veterans Day, 709 kids, 342 volunteers, 141 parents, and 33 teachers & staff helped to make our November 9th reading clubs a success!

181 volunteers showed their college spirit by wearing college logos from 80 different schools!

In addition to a prize book, each student also took home an item with a college logo to celebrate College Spirit Month!



Please be sure to sign up for the next reading clubs!   Click here to submit your RSVP for our "Family & The Spirit of Giving" reading clubs on December 14th, then "join" the December 14th reading club event on Facebook and invite your friends!

Santas & Helpers Needed!
Santa and an elf at Reading to Kids

At least once in your life you should experience being Santa or one of his helpers - and here is your chance!

We need eight people willing to be Santa, Mrs. Claus, or an assisting "elf" at our reading clubs on December 14th. We've had Santas of all shapes, sizes, and gender, and we'll provide the full Santa suit.

Santa or his helpers do NOT need to be veteran Reading to Kids volunteers, so please ask your friends if they can be Santa, Mrs. Claus, or an elf on the 14th!

There's nothing better than seeing the students' excitement when Santa visits our reading clubs! If you are interested in being Santa, Mrs. Claus, or an assisting "elf" on December 14th, please reply to this email. You won't be able to read that day, but you'll see hundreds of smiling faces!

The Santa suits will once again be generously provided by the Pasadena Jaycee's Operation Santa. If you are interested in volunteering for this wonderful project, please click here for more information or email them at OpSanta@PasadenaJaycees.org!



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 2020 Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 8th!

 Team Reading to Kids logo

We're looking for three more full marathon runners and four more 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 7, 2020.

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 Los Angeles Marathon website.

Team Reading to Kids LA Marathon runners


Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

On Saturday we received $3,023 from 53 more donors towards our 2019 Annual Fund Drive!

The names of the new donors have already been added to our 2019 Annual Fund Drive page, and here are the school competition stats so far:


Highest percentage of volunteers who donated at the Nov. 9th reading clubs:
1st: Esperanza (a new leader with 30%!)
2nd: MacArthur Park (19%)
3rd: Politi (tied with 18%)

Highest dollar amount raised at the Nov. 9th reading clubs:
1st: Esperanza
2nd: Politi
3rd: Los Angeles

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

Highest dollar amount raised overall:
1st: Esperanza (thanks to Angel fundraiser Matthew Jones)
2nd: Los Angeles
3rd: Gratts

Our overall goal by the end of the year is to raise $60,000 from 600 donors.

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

1) Make a pledge to donate by check or donate online today by visiting our 2019 Annual Fund Drive. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated!

2) Show your support by asking friends and family to contribute! Visit our 2019 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 of your friends and family 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

Thank you for your support, and please help recruit for the 12/14 reading clubs!


Charlie Orchard, Talethe Jackson, & Anthony Reyes
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 11 45
Esperanza 18 59
Gratts 16 59
Los Angeles 21 51
MacArthur Park 11 48
Magnolia 13 56
Politi 5 50
White 11 53
TOTAL 106 421
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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