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December 30, 2020

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

"It has been my great pleasure to host Reading to Kids book clubs for Leo Politi Elementary. I will always remember the first virtual meeting after the school closure. Students were so happy to see their grade level friends whom they hadn't seen for several weeks. While I hope schools will open soon so we can meet with each other in person, I am so grateful to Reading to Kids for carrying on the second Saturday tradition for all of our students!"
Charlene Fenton, Assistant Principal at Politi Elementary


Zoom reading clubs

Hooray, we have opened the January 9th reading clubs RSVPs!

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 on January 9th!

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. See further below how virtual clubs work.


These January reading clubs will be a bit smaller because the schools will still be on their Winter recess.

If you check the website and find it is full, please keep checking back throughout the next week - we may have additional teachers confirm as Zoom hosts, allowing us to open additional volunteer spots.


Volunteers checking in with their Site Coordinators on Zoom
(Click the above image to see full sized!)

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 info@readingtokids.org if you can help us create wonderful reading clubs!


Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

Today and tomorrow mark the final two days of our Annual Fund Drive, and we are now only $3,997 and 47 donors away from meeting our goal of $60,000 from 500 donors!

Please help us by making your donation today at our Annual Fund Drive page.

1) Donate by check or online today. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated!

2) Become our 8th Fundraising Angel and ask friends and family to contribute! We've made it super simple - just create a quick fundraising page on Facebook, or download and share our donor sheet and start asking, or spend a few minutes personalizing and sending our sample message.

3) Double your donation! Ask your employer to match your donation to Reading to Kids and double your impact.

We have so far received (or are expecting) matching donations from The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, Disney, Oaktree Capital Management, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation, LinkedIn, Numerator, Netflix, Edison International, PepsiCo, Macy's, Inc., ViacomCBS, Chevron, GE, AbbVie, and Wells Fargo, all through the efforts and requests of our volunteers who work for those companies.

Once your employer, friends, and family know about Reading to Kids, many will want to donate to us and are looking for a great cause to support - we just need you to ask!

Note: If donating by check, please make sure the check is dated on or before December 31, 2020. If donating by credit card, the donation must be made today or tomorrow.

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive


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!



Since the Los Angeles Marathon 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 runners

Happy New Year to you, and we hope you can submit your RSVP for our January 9th reading clubs today or over the next week if we get to open more spots!


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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Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 3 8
Esperanza 2 11
Gratts 5 11
Los Angeles 4 8
MacArthur Park 3 11
Magnolia 3 12
Politi 2 7
White 4 11
TOTAL 26 79
JANUARY 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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