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September 16, 2021
 

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Last Saturday we welcomed the new school year with 241 kids, 72 volunteers, and 26 teachers & staff joining on Zoom together to make our September 11th reading clubs a success!

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders whiteboard drawing
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders group whiteboard drawing after reading
the 2nd grade book Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You
(click on the above image to see it full size)

Three of Saturday's Zoom sessions had 27, 37, and 40 kids participate together respectively, an amazing experience for the volunteers!

Gratts Elementary had 61 participating kids, 17% of their student body, and MacArthur Park Elementary had 67 participating kids, 14% of their student body!

Based on continuing LAUSD COVID-19 protocols, we'll continue to remain Zoom-only until we hear otherwise from our partner schools.

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SIX MILESTONE READERS!

Virtual reading clubs count towards our milestones just as much as our face-to-face reading clubs!

Though we couldn't provide printed milestone certificates to them, we honored these six volunteers by sharing their milestone certificates at their schools' Site Coordinator debrief sessions after the clubs and at our post-reading clubs Zoom "lunch" gathering!

• Stephen Taylor (20 reading clubs)
• Karen Green (40 reading clubs)
• Susan Berger (60 reading clubs)
• Curriculum Committee co-chair Emily Sandersfeld (70 reading clubs!)
• Steve Baumgartner (130 reading clubs!)
• Gratts Site Coordinator Jen Smith (220 reading clubs!)

September 2021 Milestone Certificates
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OCTOBER 9TH READING CLUBS ON ZOOM,
RSVPS TO OPEN IN A WEEK OR TWO

We are eager for next month's virtual summer reading clubs on October 9th, but first need to recruit enough teachers to be Zoom hosts for them.

As soon as we confirm enough teacher hosts, we will then email how you can submit your RSVP for those "Halloween, Magic, & Monsters" reading clubs! Or, just keep checking our website!

We are working on a magician video to share with the kids during crafts that morning!

(We are also in regular communication with the principals about when we may be able to return to in-person reading clubs on their campuses.)

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CAN'T RUN 26 MILES OR 5K?
THEN DONATE TO SUPPORT OUR
2021 MARATHON RUNNERS
OR HAND OUT WATER DURING THE RACE!

Team Reading to Kids LA Marathon runners

Please support Team Reading to Kids as they run the Los Angeles Marathon on November 7th!

They have until November 7th to reach their $10,000 fundraising goal! If you can donate a buck a mile to your favorite runner, you'll help fuel them towards the finish line!

Team Reading to Kids banner

With every mile they train and every dollar they raise, these valiant souls help you inspire kids with a love of reading.

HAND OUT WATER DURING THE RACE!

Help represent Reading to Kids during the marathon by handing out water to the runners!

Our group will be at Water Station Mile 5 at Glendale Blvd., between Bellevue and Kent St. in Echo Park, on Sunday, November 7th from 5am - 11am.

Click this link to sign up. Our group is Reading to Kids and our shift location should be listed in green. Click the box to the green J05 Water Station Mile 5 shift, complete the form, and sign up to volunteer!

Supporting our runners
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10 RUNNERS NEEDED FOR THE
2022 LA MARATHON,
13.1 MILE CHARITY CHALLENGE,
OR 5K!

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, March 20th!

 Team Reading to Kids logo

We're looking for at least four more marathon runners and six Charity Challenge runners (the last 13.1 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.

You can 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 marathon@readingtokids.org!

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.

Team Reading to Kids LA Marathon runners
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Thanks, and just as soon as enough teachers are confirmed, we hope you can join us at our next reading clubs (always the second Saturday of each month) on October 9th!

Sincerely,

Charlie Orchard & Talethe Collins
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
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OCTOBER 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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