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May 13, 2021

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Despite the kids and teachers adjusting to their new hybrid learning model these past few weeks, last Saturday we had 169 kids, 90 volunteers, and 35 teachers & staff make our May 8th reading clubs a success!

Saturday was also our 22nd anniversary - quite an achievement in general, and especially so for adapting to 2020! Since we began in 1999 we have given away more than 267,000 books!

Click on the below images to see 1st grade crafts the kids created after being inspired by How to Catch a Dragon on Saturday!

1st grade craft sample 1

1st grade craft sample 2

1st grade craft sample 3


Virtual reading clubs count towards our milestones just as much as our face-to-face reading clubs!

We honored these four volunteers by sharing their milestone certificates at their schools' Site Coordinator sessions at the clubs!

• Don Nguyen (10 reading clubs)
• Site Coordinators Chris Danby & Rene Amy (20 reading clubs each)
• Site Coordinator Satya Persaud (30 reading clubs)

4 May 2021 Milestone Certificates


We are eager for next month's virtual reading clubs on June 12th, but first need to recruit enough teachers to be Zoom hosts for them.

On Thursday, June 3rd, at about 11am we will open up the RSVPs at for those "Friendship & Fun" reading clubs!

Our summer reading clubs are also smaller, so mark your calendars for July 10th and August 14th, too. Help us keep students reading throughout the summer!


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!



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Click here for simple instructions on how to sign up or renew! Or, you can call Ralphs Community Contribution Program at (800) 443-4438. Explain you want to register your Ralphs card number and your telephone number. Reading to Kids NPO# is BR278.

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Thanks, and after enough teachers are confirmed, we hope you can join us at our next reading clubs (always the second Saturday of each month) on June 12th.


Charlie Orchard & Talethe Collins
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)

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