Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,
Last Saturday we held our biggest Zoom reading clubs so far! 345 kids, 93 volunteers, and 36 teachers &
joined us for our October 10th "Halloween, Magic, & Monsters" reading clubs!
Several of our volunteers also got into the spirit by wearing costumes, which you can see in the below photo (click on it for a larger version).
Our founding principal, Raul Fernandez, who is also a member of the
Westside Wizards, provided a video magic show for all the kids at each of our partner schools, allowing us to continue our tradition of bringing magic to our October reading clubs! You can share his show with anyone who enjoys magic!
ANNUAL FUND DRIVE LAUNCH
& CURRENT LEADERS!
We extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped us kick off our
2020 Annual Fund Drive, including 25 volunteers this past Saturday who
together donated $1,535!
The names of the new donors have already been added to our
2020 Annual Fund Drive page, and here are the school competition stats so far:
SCHOOL COMPETITION LEADERS!
Highest percentage of volunteers who donated at the Oct. 10th reading clubs:
1st: Politi with an incredible 50%!
2nd: MacArthur Park (45%!)
3rd: Los Angeles (40%!)
Highest dollar amount raised at the Oct. 10th reading clubs:
1st: Esperanza ($600!)
2nd: MacArthur Park ($300)
3rd: Politi ($200)
All of the above donations will be doubled or tripled by our matching donors, and their offers still stand!
That's right, you can still double or triple your donation and change the above standings by donating this week!
Our overall goal by the end of the year is to raise $60,000 from
how you can help, with your donations being counted towards the
1) Make a pledge to donate by check or donate online
today by visiting our
2020 Annual Fund Drive. Contributions of any amount are
2) Show your support by asking friends and family to
2020 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
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!
10 MILESTONE READERS!
Virtual reading clubs count towards our milestones just as much as our face-to-face reading clubs!
Though we couldn't provide printed milestone certificates to them, we honored these 10 volunteers by sharing their milestone certificates at their schools' Site Coordinator debrief sessions after the clubs!
• Alexandrina Andre, Alyson Beckman, & Mark Ortiz (10 reading clubs each)
• Paul Heinzman (20 reading clubs)
• Dalena Nguyen & Racheal Caswell (30 reading clubs each)
Pictured below are the certificates for our four largest milestones:
• Andrea Smoot (80 reading clubs, mostly as a Site Coordinator
at Magnolia Elementary)
• Jennifer Grannis (90 reading clubs)
• Tami Tarnow (100 reading clubs)
• Jason Axe (230 reading clubs, he's one of our founders)
By joining us for her 100th reading club, Tami will also soon be the proud recipient of our 100th reading club magnetic name badge! She's our 31st volunteer to earn one!
NOVEMBER 14TH READING CLUBS
We are eager for next month's virtual reading clubs on
November 14th, but first need to recruit enough teachers to
be Zoom hosts for them.
In about three weeks when we confirm enough teacher hosts, we
will then open
our RSVP system for those "Seasons & the Natural World" reading
So, please keep checking www.readingtokids.org to see if you can submit an RSVP!
OPERATIONS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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
email@example.com if you can help us create wonderful reading clubs!
LOOKING AHEAD TO
DECEMBER READING CLUBS:
ZOOM SANTA & HELPERS NEEDED
It may seem a bit early for Santa, but we need to start planning early this year for how we can bring Santa to the December 12th reading clubs!
At least once in your life you should experience being Santa or one of his helpers - and here is a unique opportunity!
Since we generally have 36 teacher hosts each month, we need four people willing to be Santa, Mrs. Claus, or an assisting elf for our reading clubs on December 12th.
had Santas of all shapes, sizes, and gender.
This year we'll need Santa to provide his or her own Santa beard and wig, hat, and Santa jacket to wear while on Zoom.
Santa outfits good enough for Zoom are not too expensive at Party City or Amazon.
There's nothing better than seeing the students' excitement
when Santa visits our reading clubs!
If you can be a Zoom Santa, Mrs. Claus,
or an assisting elf on December 12th, please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You won't be able to read that day,
but you'll see dozens of smiling faces!
3 MORE RUNNERS NEEDED FOR THE
2021 LA MARATHON OR 5K!
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,
We're looking for three 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 LA Big 5K (that's just 3.1 miles) near Dodger Stadium the day before the marathon on Saturday, March 20, 2021.
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.
Thanks, and once enough teachers are confirmed towards the end of this month, we will open our RSVP system for
our next reading clubs (always the second Saturday of each
month) on November 14th.
Charlie Orchard & Talethe Jackson
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)
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