Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,
RSVP FOR SEPT. 11TH ZOOM READING CLUBS
Last Thursday we opened the RSVP system for our September 11th Back to School Fun virtual reading clubs!
We definitely want to have enough volunteer readers, so please head to readingtokids.org to submit your RSVP, even if it's your first virtual reading club!
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.
We hope even more teachers will commit as Zoom hosts over the next eight days.
If you check our website and find all reader spots are full today or over the next eight days, please keep checking back so we'll have enough volunteers.
STAND-BY READERS WANTED!
If all spots are full you can also let us know at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to be a
"stand-by" reader for Saturday, September 11th. 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 that 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!
OPERATIONS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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 email e-mail us at
email@example.com if you can help us create wonderful reading clubs!
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!
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 W1.
$25 now only $20 each. E-mail Cynthia Montes at
to purchase before she sells out - she only has a few tickets left!
Please also RSVP to our Facebook event, and you can click the images below for details and a map.
10 RUNNERS NEEDED FOR THE
2022 LA MARATHON, 1/2 MARATHON, OR 5 K!
Do you know any runners? Are you a
runner? Please forward this email to them
and ask them to join
Team Reading to Kids in the 2022 Los
Angeles Marathon on Sunday,
We're looking for at least six more marathon runners and four Charity Challenge runners (the last 13 miles of the course) to join us in one of the best marathons in the country.
If either of those distances is too daunting, you can join us in the LA Big 5K (that's just 3.1 miles) near Dodger Stadium the day before the marathon on Saturday, March 19, 2022.
share this Facebook group with any of your runner
friends to encourage them to join our team!
If you or a runner you know is interested in
becoming one of our fundraising runners or
creating a fundraising team, please email
Chris Martin at
IMPORTANT NOTE: To register to run
on behalf of Reading to Kids, you
MUST receive from us a special web address
to use when registering on the Los Angeles Marathon website.
SUPPORT US WITH GROCERY STORE ESCRIP & AMAZONSMILE
Did you know you can support Reading to Kids just
by shopping at the grocery store or using your credit card?
Ralphs both have programs that are NO COST ways
for you to donate to Reading to Kids.
you have to do is
call Ralphs or go online and register your grocery
cards. When you use those cards at a participating
store or service provider, the store will donate a
percentage of your purchases to Reading to Kids!
Click here for simple instructions
on how to sign up or renew! Or, you can
call Ralphs Community Contribution
(800) 443-4438. Explain you want to register your Ralphs
card number and your telephone number.
Reading to Kids NPO# is BR278.
Note if you have previously signed up: You have to renew
your registration each year
on or after September 1st, so please renew again for this
Amazon.com? If you shop using
AmazonSmile, they will donate 0.5% of
your purchases to Reading to Kids!
Click here for easy directions on how to start using
Thanks, and wish for you a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend!