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February 18, 2021

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Even though this was a three-day weekend for the schools, last Saturday we had 291 kids, 91 volunteers, and 33 teachers & staff enjoy books about people from around the world!

At MacArthur Park Elementary we had 27 second and third graders in the same Zoom reading club session!

Alta Loma 4th and 5th grade thank you whiteboard  MacArthur Park 4th and 5th grade thank you whiteboard
Click on the above images to see Zoom whiteboard thank you cards
created by 4th and 5th graders at Alta Loma and MacArthur Park
to thank the Water Buffalo Club for their support!


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 eight volunteers by sharing their milestone certificates at their schools' Site Coordinator debrief sessions after the clubs!

• Cheryl Mahaffey, Tina Epstein (mostly as a Site Coordinator), Tilan Karunanayake, & Sarah Kremer (10 reading clubs each)

Pictured below are the certificates for our four largest milestones this month:

• Shayna Resnick (20 reading clubs)
• Jen Willis (30 reading clubs)
• Armin Szatmary (50 reading clubs)
• Katie Jones (60 reading clubs, mostly as a Site Coordinator)

4 February 2021 Milestone Certificates


We are eager for next month's virtual reading clubs on March 13th, 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 our RSVP system for those "Music & Entertainment" reading clubs!


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!


Jessica Brown-Clark with Target grant check

Did you know Reading to Kids receives about half of our funding from corporation and foundation grants? For example, over the last five years alone six of our volunteers helped us receive $140,000 in grants from their employers!

Please check to see if your employer offers grants that Reading to Kids can apply to and let us know! You may help us buy thousands of books for kids!



Reading to Kids' Legendary Bingo fundraiser

We're starting to plan our next Virtual Legendary Bingo on Zoom fundraiser for April or May, and we need your help gathering prizes for the bingo winners!

To help you get started, here is information about Reading to Kids to share with potential donors, as well as a donation form for them to complete.

We especially enjoy awarding gift certificates, gift bags, and autographed items! Anything unique is great, too!

If you work at or have a connection with products or services to offer, please help us by asking for a donation to our events.

Thanks, and once enough teachers are confirmed over the next few weeks we will open our RSVP system for our next reading clubs (always the second Saturday of each month) on March 13th.


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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