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March 18, 2021

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Last Saturday 303 kids, 91 volunteers, and 34 teachers & staff helped to make our March 13th virtual reading clubs a success!

At Esperanza Elementary we had 82 kids overall, with 26 Kindergartners in the same Zoom reading club session!

Please join us in thanking The Lucky Band for their wonderful video they created just for Reading to Kids that we shared at the Saturday virtual reading clubs.

We don't yet have permission to share their Paletero Man video publicly, but please thank them on their Instagram page at!

The Lucky Band

Esperanza 3rd grade thank you whiteboard  White Elem. 3rd grade thank you whiteboard
Click on the above images to see two new Zoom whiteboard thank you cards
created by 3rd graders at Esperanza and White elementary schools
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 seven volunteers by sharing their milestone certificates at their schools' Site Coordinator debrief sessions after the clubs!

• Kelsey Fales & Sachi Wong (10 reading clubs each)

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

• Prince Selvage (60 reading clubs)
• Seth Dorfman (70 reading clubs)
• Sana Ahmed (90 reading clubs)
• Jinn Su (90 reading clubs)
• Jason Zelin (110 reading clubs)

5 March 2021 Milestone Certificates


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

The schools' Spring Break is March 26th - April 4th, which may cause our teacher hosts to take longer to commit for our April 10th reading clubs.

Ideally, in about two weeks when we confirm enough teacher hosts, we will then open our RSVP system for those "Amazing Animals" 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 May and 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 April 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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