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July 23, 2020

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Today we applaud the success of former Leo Politi Elementary student Javier Morales-Martinez for being one of the winners of the Music Academy of the West's Fast Pitch Awards last night!

Javier Morales-Martinez
Javier Morales-Martinez

Javier won $1,500 for his idea to build the music program for indigenous youth in his parents' hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico. He is currently a student at the USC Thornton School of Music.

His former principal at Politi, Brad Rumble (now the principal at Esperanza Elementary), brought his project to our attention. We are delighted to share with you the success of a former Reading to Kids kid!



Volunteers at White Elem. being silly on Zoom
Volunteers at White Elem. being silly on Zoom

We are still recruiting teachers to be Zoom hosts for our August 8th virtual reading clubs during summer break.

As soon as we confirm enough teacher hosts, anyone who has volunteered with us at any past reading clubs will be able to submit an RSVP on our home page for those reading clubs. So, please keep checking to see if you can submit an RSVP!

Our summer reading clubs are much smaller, so mark your calendars for August 8th. Help us continue to be a bright spot for kids throughout the summer!



Volunteers learning Zoom with their Site Coordinators

For our virtual reading clubs we need experienced volunteers to help train volunteers to use Zoom or be a second or third virtual Site Coordinator in our Zoom reading clubs for any of our schools.

These smaller summer reading clubs are the best times to step into any of these important roles - all training pleasantly provided safely at home!

Please e-mail us at if you can help us create wonderful reading clubs!


Volunteers reading aloud to kids

Last week Reading to Kids Managing Director Charlie Orchard was interviewed by reporter Abdo Al Rayyis for the Los Angeles Society Page!

Click this link to Nonprofit "Reading to Kids" Delivers Children Reading Clubs on Zoom to read Abdo's article.

We have also posted a link to the article on our website, where you can see other past articles and interviews.




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

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