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December 19, 2019

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

It was the most wonderful time of the year on Saturday with 776 kids, 368 volunteers, 44 parents, and 41 teachers & staff delighting in books and crafts at our December 14th reading clubs!

Santa and elf at MacArthur Park Elem. reading clubs

We especially thank our Santa Clauses, Mrs. Clauses, and elves for bringing the North Pole to the reading clubs, and to the Pasadena Jaycees for once again providing the Santa suits!

If you are interested in volunteering for Operation Santa and bringing joy to children in need on Christmas Eve, click here or email them at OpSanta@PasadenaJaycees.org!

Pico Cleaners logo

Reading to Kids thanks Pico Cleaners for donating dry cleaning of the Santa suits after the December reading clubs!

January 11th READING CLUBS

Please be sure to sign up for the next reading clubs! Click here to submit your RSVP for our "Mysteries & New Adventures", then "join" the January 11th reading club event on Facebook and invite your friends!

These January reading clubs will be smaller because the schools will still be on their Winter recess, so be sure to sign up early!

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2019 ANNUAL FUND DRIVE:
SCHOOL COMPETITION WINNERS,
FINAL 13 DAYS TO DONATE!

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

Thanks to 88 generous volunteer readers this past Saturday and the Facebook fundraisers created by volunteers Mark May, Matthew Jones, Prince Selvage, Jen Hendrickson, Ariana Engvig, Patrick White, Katie Lynn Petroni, and Shayna Resnick, we have now raised $49,462 overall from 496 donors!

This puts us closer to our goal of raising $60,000 from 600 donors within the next two weeks!

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:

SCHOOL COMPETITION WINNERS!

Highest percentage of volunteers who donated on Dec. 14th:
1st: White (a new leader with 41%!)
2nd: Esperanza (34%)
3rd: Alta Loma (32%)

Highest dollar amount raised on Dec. 14th:
1st: Esperanza
2nd: White
3rd: MacArthur Park

Highest percentage of volunteers who have donated overall so far:
1st: White
2nd: Esperanza (only 1% behind White!)
3rd: MacArthur Park (only 4% behind Esperanza!)

Highest dollar amount raised overall so far:
1st: Esperanza Elementary (thanks to Angel fundraisers Matthew Jones & Mark May)
2nd: Gratts
3rd: Los Angeles

DONATE TODAY!

We have just 13 days to raise $10,538 from 104 more donors.

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

1 - Donate online or by check today by visiting our 2019 Annual Fund Drive page. 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
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7 COMPUTERS OR TABLETS WANTED
TO GIVE TO KIDS!

At our January reading clubs we would love to give away a computer or iPad/tablet 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 8 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 to help make a kid very happy!

iPad winner at Charles White Elementary
A Charles White Elementary 5th grader with perfect Reading to Kids attendance leaps for joy after winning a new iPad
from Site Coordinator Linda Antonioli!
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TWO MORE RUNNERS NEEDED
FOR MARATHON OR 5 K!

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 two more marathon runners to join us in one of the best marathons in the country.

If a marathon 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 runners
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Thanks, and we hope you can join us at our next reading clubs on Saturday, January 11th!

Sincerely,

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)
info@readingtokids.org
www.readingtokids.org
www.facebook.com/readingtokids
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www.readingtokids.blogspot.com

Make a donation:
www.readingtokids.org/HowToHelp/HelpDonate.php

JANUARY 2020
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 22 32
Esperanza 18 30
Gratts 13 30
Los Angeles 25 30
MacArthur Park 10 37
Magnolia 10 36
Politi 11 32
White 7 29
TOTAL 116 256
JANUARY Books. . .
Kindergarten book
Kindergarten
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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