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July 29, 2021

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

We were very pleased this week when 19 teachers responded early to our call for teacher Zoom hosts at our August 14th "Arts & Creativity" reading clubs!

Thus, to ensure we had plenty of time to recruit enough virtual readers, we opened our RSVP system early - and those reader spots are filling up very quickly!

Zoom reading clubs

If you have ever read with us at any of our prior reading clubs, please visit our home page at to see if there are open or new spots for you to submit your RSVP for our next Reading to Kids Virtual Reading Clubs on Saturday, August 14th.

(If you are signed up but can't attend after all, please click here to cancel so someone else can take your place!)

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.

We will continue to add more reader spots as more teachers decide to join us on August 14th.

If you check our website and find all reader spots are full today or any day over the next two weeks, please keep checking back so we'll have enough volunteers.


Zoom reading clubs

Because LAUSD has not yet determined when volunteer organizations can return to on-campus events, we continue to 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:

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 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

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

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


We are very pleased to share that The Rose Hills Foundation has awarded us a two-year grant of $20,000 over our next two fiscal years!

Their funding helps us further our collective dedication to inspire the love of reading to the children at our partner schools. Thank you for your continued support, The Rose Hills Foundation, and we look forward to sharing our successes with you over the next two years!



Reading to Kids' Legendary Bingo fundraiser

We're planning our next Virtual Legendary Bingo on Zoom fundraiser for October 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 we hope to offer more August 14th reader spots soon at!


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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August 2021
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 8 8
Esperanza 8 8
Gratts 7 12
Los Angeles 7 7
MacArthur Park 5 5
Magnolia 8 8
Politi 4 4
White 3 3
TOTAL 50 55
AUGUST 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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