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September 17, 2020

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Last Saturday we began the new school year strongly with 297 kids, 95 volunteers, and 36 teachers & staff at our September 12th virtual reading clubs!

Kindergarten craft
Kindergarten craft
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MacArthur Park Elementary alone had 64 participating kids, 12% of their student body joining us on Zoom!


FRI. OCT. 2ND AT 7:30 PM:

Reading to Kids' Legendary Bingo fundraiser

It's back! On Friday, October 2nd, join Reading to Kids for Virtual Legendary Bingo on Zoom!

Click their link above to see a video on their website of how it works. Just like our past bingo events at Hamburger Mary's, virtual drag queen bingo is "R" rated and seats are limited!

Tickets to play four games of virtual bingo are just $25, with only 60 tickets available - so click this link to buy your ticket today!

Buy Your Virtual Legendary Bingo Tickets!

We'll also have auction items to bid on, and all proceeds benefit Reading to Kids. To help recruit players, please also visit our Oct. 2nd Bingo event on Facebook and invite your friends!


You can also help us gather more prizes for the bingo winners! Since this is virtual bingo we are looking for items we can mail or send via email, such as $25 or $50 gift cards.

To help you get started, here is information about Reading to Kids you can share with potential donors (such as where you work or shop), as well as a donation form for them to download and fill out.

Reading to Kids' Legendary Bingo fundraiser


Virtual reading clubs count towards our milestones just as much as our face-to-face reading clubs!

11 September 2020 Milestone Certificates

Though we couldn't provide printed milestone certificates to them, we honored these 11 volunteers by sharing their milestone certificates at their schools' Site Coordinator debrief sessions after the clubs!

• Ashley Ramirez, Lindsay Taylor, & Nineli Mirabian (10 reading clubs each)
• Casey Hackett, Christina Guevarra, & Tashodra Rogers (20 reading clubs each)
• Gloria Greengard (60 reading clubs)
• Jami Olson (100 reading clubs)
• Steve Baumgartner (120 reading clubs)
• Mark May (210 reading clubs)
• David Rickard (220 reading clubs)

By joining us for his 100th reading club, Jami will also soon be the proud recipient of our 100th reading club magnetic name badge! He's the 30th volunteer to earn one!

Jami Olson 100th Name Badge


We are eager for next month's virtual reading clubs on October 10th, but first need to recruit enough teachers to be Zoom hosts for them.

In about two weeks when we confirm enough teacher hosts, we will then open up our RSVP system for those "Halloween, Magic, & Monsters" reading clubs!

So, please keep checking to see if you can submit an RSVP!


Volunteers checking in with their Site Coordinators on Zoom

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.

Being a Site Coordinator guarantees you a (non-reading) spot at our next reading clubs, so please e-mail us at if you can help us create wonderful reading clubs!


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 2021 Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 21st!

 Team Reading to Kids logo

We're looking for six more 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!

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

Thanks, and once enough teachers are confirmed, we will open our RSVP system for our next reading clubs (always the second Saturday of each month) on October 10th.


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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