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November 18, 2021

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Last Saturday 201 kids, 71 volunteers, and 26 teachers & staff helped to make our November 13th reading clubs a success!

Check out the below group whiteboard creation by 2nd graders at Esperanza after reading Over and Under the Rainforest. The kids also had fun roaring and howling like the animals!

2nd grade whiteboard creation on Zoom
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Nearly half of the volunteers showed their college spirit by wearing college logos from 20 different colleges and universities, continuing our efforts to encourage higher education through reading!

Collage of 3rd through 5th grade crafts on Zoom
Collage of 3rd through 5th grade crafts from MacArthur Park Elementary kids inspired by our November books on Zoom
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Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

On Saturday we received another $1,265 from nine donors towards our 2021 Annual Fund Drive!

The names of the new donors have already been added to our 2021 Annual Fund Drive page, and here are the school competition stats so far:


Highest percentage of volunteers who donated at the Nov. 13th reading clubs:
1st: Politi (a new leader with 29%!)
2nd: Los Angeles
3rd: MacArthur Park

Highest dollar amount raised at the Nov. 13th reading clubs:
1st: Politi
2nd: Esperanza
3rd: Los Angeles

Highest percentage of volunteers who have donated overall:
1st: Politi & Los Angeles (tied for first)
2nd: Esperanza
3rd: White

Highest dollar amount raised overall:
1st: Esperanza
2nd: MacArthur Park
3rd: White

All of these Nov. 13th volunteer donations will be doubled by the below matching donors at every school, and their offers still stand!

That's right, anyone can double your donation and change the above standings by donating this week! Just donate via our Annual Fund Drive page and indicate your school in the notes or comments field of your donation!

Alta Loma: Ramana Prakash & Shalini Reddy matching up to $250 combined donations

Gratts: Bernice Hernandez matching up to $300 combined donations

MacArthur Park: Mary Abdo matching up to $500 combined donations

Magnolia: An anonymous donor matching up to $1,000 combined donations

White: Robyn Chew matching up to $1,000 combined donations

Help us reach the above matches by donating today!


We also thank and congratulate Matthew Jones and Christina Branom for being our first 2021 Annual Fund Drive Angels!

They each became Angels through their Facebook fundraisers by gathering donations from at least 10 of their friends. Thank you to them and everyone else gathering donations for Reading to Kids!

We have so far raised $12,014 from 122 donors!

Our Annual Fund Drive lasts until December 31st, and our ambitious goal this year is to raise $60,000 from 600 donors.

Here's how you can help, with your donations counting towards the school competition:

1) Make a pledge to donate by check or donate online today by visiting our 2021 Annual Fund Drive. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated!

2) Show your support by asking friends and family to contribute! Visit our 2021 Annual Fund Drive page and look under the "Help us Fundraise!" header for resources, including information on creating your own personalized fundraising page on Facebook, our handy donor sheet for raising money with your friends and co-workers, tips for fundraising, and so much more.

Once they know about Reading to Kids, many of your friends and family will want to donate - we just need you to ask!

Also, if your workplace matches donations to nonprofits, please share with them your donation, and ask them to consider matching it. In this way you double your donation and share with others your enthusiasm for Reading to Kids!

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive


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 nine volunteers by sharing their milestone certificates at their schools' Site Coordinator debrief sessions after the clubs!

• Sarah Jo Torgrimson & Jackie D'Almeida (10 reading clubs each)
• Michelle Bates & White Elem. Site Coordinator Erica Kolsrud (20 reading clubs)
• Alta Loma Site Coordinator Pamela Anton (40 reading clubs)

   Pictured below are the certificates for our four largest milestones:

• Nestor Camargo (50 reading clubs)
• Politi Site Coordinator Heather Horn (70 reading clubs)
• Jennifer Grannis (100 reading clubs!)
• Leader of our marathon team & perennial Santa (see below!) Chris Martin (170 reading clubs!)

November 2021 Milestone Certificates

By joining us for her 100th reading club, Jennifer also earned her 100th reading club magnetic name badge!

Jennifer Grannis 100th Name Badge


We are eager for next month's virtual summer reading clubs on December 11th, but first need to recruit enough teachers to be Zoom hosts for them.

As soon as we confirm enough teacher hosts, you can then submit your RSVP for those "Family & the Spirit of Giving" reading clubs on our website!

These December 11th reading clubs will also feature the glorious return of our Zoom Santas!

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


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 three 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!

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

Thanks, and please keep checking for when we can open the RSVPs for our December 11th reading clubs!


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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