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July 8, 2021
 

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

HELP! 8 MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
FOR THIS SATURDAY!

More teachers have committed to be Zoom hosts for this Saturday's summer reading clubs, so we need 8 more volunteers this Saturday morning to read aloud on Zoom!

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RSVPs for these virtual "Wonders of Science & Technology" reading clubs are limited 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.

Here's your chance to read to kids again this Saturday, no matter where in the world you live! See further below how virtual clubs work.

Please also encourage any of your friends and family who have ever read with us at any of our prior reading clubs (face-to-face or virtual) to RSVP now at our homepage at www.readingtokids.org!

(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 even more spots may open today and tomorrow.

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HOW VIRTUAL READING CLUBS WORK

Zoom reading clubs

Because LAUSD teachers continue to use 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!

Kindergarten crafts at LA Elementary
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PLEASE HELP US FIND
BINGO PRIZE & AUCTION ITEMS

Reading to Kids' Legendary Bingo fundraiser

We're starting to plan our next Virtual Legendary Bingo on Zoom fundraiser for the fall 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.
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Thanks, and we hope you can RSVP at www.readingtokids.org for this Saturday's "Wonders of Science & Technology" reading clubs!

Sincerely,

Charlie Orchard & Talethe Collins
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)
info@readingtokids.org
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Make a donation:
www.readingtokids.org/HowToHelp/HelpDonate.php

JULY 2021
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 5 6
Esperanza 8 8
Gratts 5 7
Los Angeles 6 6
MacArthur Park 5 7
Magnolia 9 12
Politi 6 6
White 6 6
TOTAL 50 58
JULY Books. . .
Kindergarten book
Kindergarten
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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