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December 10, 2020

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

We still have a few more spots open for this Saturday's "Family & the Spirit of Giving" virtual reading clubs! Quick, quick, quick, dash over to readingtokids.org to RSVP! Santa will be visiting the Zoom clubs, too!

Zoom Santa

If you have ever read with us at any of our prior reading clubs (face-to-face or virtual), please RSVP now at our homepage at www.readingtokids.org or keep checking back to submit your RSVP for our virtual reading clubs this Saturday!

(If you are signed up but can't attend after all, please click here to cancel ASAP or before 3:00 p.m. tomorrow so someone else can take your place!)

If you check the website and find it is full, please keep checking back, since additional spots may open today and tomorrow.

We are again limiting RSVPs for these virtual reading clubs only to returning volunteers - people who have volunteered with us at least once before at any of our previous face-to-face or virtual reading clubs.


Volunteers at Charles White Elementary

Help promote Reading to Kids at our partner schools' Zoom sessions tomorrow!

If you have participated in our virtual reading clubs before, then you are qualified to encourage the kids on Zoom tomorrow.

It's a lot of fun and we'll supply the very brief talking points. You may not get to speak at all, and it's great if you can speak Spanish (even a little), though there's always someone from the school on a Zoom session who can translate for you.

If you can be a Zoom Ambassador tomorrow, please reply email us at info@readingtokids.org and we'll send you the Ambassador info!


Because LAUSD teachers are using Zoom to reach their students, we will use Zoom for these virtual reading clubs. The reading clubs will be hosted by participating teachers at each school using their school Zoom accounts, but you will need your own Zoom account to join the reading club. If you don’t already have a Zoom account, you can sign up for a free, Basic account here: https://zoom.us/pricing

IMPORTANT: You will need to use Zoom from a desktop or laptop computer. The phone and tablet versions of Zoom do not have the necessary features for our virtual reading clubs.

Ideally, anyone who volunteers for these virtual reading clubs will be comfortable using Zoom. If you wish to test out your Zoom connectivity prior to the reading clubs, we encourage you to email us at info@readingtokids.org so we may do a brief test run with you before the virtual reading clubs.

The Friday before the reading clubs you will receive a link for a Zoom "check-in" session with your Site Coordinators that will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. that Saturday. Click here to review the schedule for these virtual reading clubs.

Once you and your fellow volunteers are checked in, that same Zoom session will have a Zoom Volunteer Orientation / Virtual Reading Club Training that will start promptly at 9:15 a.m.

At 9:30 a.m. you and your volunteer partner will leave that Site Coordinator session and then join the teacher's Zoom session. The teacher will host the Zoom call and make you co-hosts. The first 30 minutes will be for troubleshooting and a prep session for just you and your reading partner and the teacher.

The kids will join that same reading club Zoom session at 10:00 a.m., and it will likely go until 10:30 or 11:00, at the teacher's discretion.

After the reading clubs end you will then rejoin your Site Coordinator's Zoom call for a brief wrap-up.

To screen share the book you will be reading with the children, you will need Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader from https://get.adobe.com/reader.

We will provide you a PDF of the read-aloud book so you can prepare for the reading clubs. You can see the read-aloud book titles for this month at https://readingtokids.org/Books/BooksMonth.php.

We will provide at the above link activities and simple craft ideas the kids can do at home. You would prepare to lead the kids in an activity and craft, though you may not actually do a craft, depending upon how the Zoom session goes. The kids may just want to talk to new faces!



Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

December is the final month of our 2020 Annual Fund Drive, our most important fundraiser of the year - and so far 322 donors have donated $31,081!

Help us reach our fundraising goals of $60,000 from 600 donors with a donation by cash, check, or credit card.

School Competition Standings So Far:

Highest percentage of volunteers who have donated so far:
1st: Esperanza Elementary (40%)
2nd: Alta Loma Elementary (36%)
3rd: MacArthur Park Elementary (33%)

Highest dollar amount raised so far:
1st: Esperanza Elementary (thanks to Angel fundraisers Mark May & Vicky Nesia)
2nd: Los Angeles Elementary
3rd: Alta Loma Elementary (thanks to Angel fundraiser Mariel Rubio)

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

1) Make a pledge to donate by check or donate online today by visiting our 2020 Annual Fund Drive. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated!

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

If you collect donations this week, you can announce them at Saturday's reading clubs!


At this Saturday's reading clubs we have supporters at most schools offering to match the first $300 or $1,000 of donations made this week and at the reading clubs! This means that anyone reading and donating at those schools by this Saturday will have their donations doubled!

If you or your employer can do something similar, please let us know and announce it if you are volunteering on Saturday - a matching donation can be an exciting way to inspire others to donate!

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive


The Los Angeles Marathon announced two weeks ago that they have rescheduled the LA Big 5K to Saturday, May 22nd and the marathon to Sunday, May 23rd. This means more time to train!

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, May 23rd!

 Team Reading to Kids logo

We're looking for three more marathon runners or 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 are 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, May 22, 2021.

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



We are thrilled to thank The Green Foundation for awarding us another $15,000 grant!

This is their fifth grant to us, and The Green Foundation's continued support helps us all share our love of reading with the thousands of children at our partner schools. Together we are working to improve the lives and libraries of the kids who join us every month!



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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December 2020
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 6 6
Esperanza 14 14
Gratts 14 14
Los Angeles 9 9
MacArthur Park 11 11
Magnolia 16 16
Politi 9 9
White 12 15
TOTAL 91 94
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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