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August 12, 2021
 

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!

flyer

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 info@readingtokids.org 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!
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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 cynthia.montes.45@gmail.com 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.

Black Panther at the Hollywood Bowl flyer

Black Panther at the Hollywood Bowl map
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HOW VIRTUAL READING CLUBS WORK

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: 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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Thanks, and we hope you can RSVP at www.readingtokids.org or be a stand-by reader for this Saturday's "Arts & Creativity" 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)
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August 2021
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 8 8
Esperanza 8 8
Gratts 13 14
Los Angeles 7 8
MacArthur Park 7 7
Magnolia 8 8
Politi 6 6
White 6 6
TOTAL 63 65
AUGUST Books. . .
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Second Grade book
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Third Grade book
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Fourth Grade book
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Fifth Grade book
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