Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,
This week more teachers committed to be Zoom hosts for this Saturday's "Arts & Creativity" reading clubs, so we currently have two open volunteer spots to read aloud on Zoom this Saturday morning!
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.
RSVP now at our homepage at www.readingtokids.org before someone else does!
We must continue to limit 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.
(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 our website and find all reader spots are full today or tomorrow, please keep checking back until 3pm tomorrow so we'll have enough volunteers.
STAND-BY READERS WANTED!
If all spots are full you can also let us know at
email@example.com if you are willing to be a
"stand-by" reader for this Saturday morning. A "stand-by" reader is someone willing to fill in for any grade at any school if we have any last-second reader cancellations.
Stand-by readers must be available this Saturday morning from 8am to around 11am and willing to read via Zoom to any grade at any school. It's a really important role!
BLACK PANTHER AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
WITH READING TO KIDS ON SEPT. 12TH
On Sunday, September 12th, join fellow Reading to Kids volunteers as we watch a screening of
Black Panther at the
Hollywood Bowl - with the soundtrack performed live by the L.A. Philharmonic!
The Bowl opens at 5:30pm, and the movie starts at 7:30pm. We'll sit towards the back of the Bowl in section W3 (probably – the seats will be together as Cynthia finalizes the specific section).
Tickets are $25 each. E-mail Cynthia Montes at
to purchase before she sells out - she only has 10 tickets left!
Please also RSVP to our Facebook event, and you can click the images below for details and a map.
HOW VIRTUAL READING CLUBS WORK
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:
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.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
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!