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Reading to Kids News
March 3, 2022
 

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

We continue to recruit more teachers for our March 12th reading clubs, though for the moment we may have filled all of the available spots so far.

Art display at Alta Loma Elementary
Art display at Alta Loma Elementary
(click above image to see full size)

If you have ever read with us at any of our prior reading clubs (face-to-face or virtual), please keep checking our homepage at www.readingtokids.org to see if there are new open new spots for our "Music & Entertainment" virtual reading clubs on March 12th!

We 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. See below for how virtual clubs work.

If you check our website and find all reader spots are full today or over the next week, 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 info@readingtokids.org if you are willing to be a "stand-by" reader for Saturday, March 12th. 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 valuable role!
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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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MUSIC VIDEO PERFORMANCE
WANTED FOR MARCH 12TH

Last March we were delighted to present to the kids at our Zoom reading clubs that month a musical performance video created for us by the The Lucky Band!

The Lucky Band

Since we traditionally bring music to our March reading clubs, for our March 12th reading clubs next month we are looking for a band or musician willing to create a kid-friendly, highly engaging music video we can share with the kids for those "Music & Entertainment" reading clubs.

If you or someone you know can share their gift of music via video with our students and volunteers, please email us at info@readingtokids.org!

The Potential Lunatics performing at Los Angeles Elementary
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CAN'T RUN 26 MILES OR 5K?
THEN DONATE TO SUPPORT OUR
2022 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 March 20th or the LA Big 5K on March 19th!

They have until March 20th to reach their ambitious $20,000 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 Los Angeles Marathon on March 20th 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, March 20th 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

RUNNERS STILL NEEDED FOR THE
LA BIG 5K ON MARCH 19TH

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 LA Big 5K (that's 3.1 miles) near Dodger Stadium on Saturday, March 19, 2022!

 Team Reading to Kids logo
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 5K runners
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PLEASE HELP US FIND
BINGO PRIZE & AUCTION ITEMS

Reading to Kids' Legendary Bingo fundraiser at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood

Our next Legendary Bingo fundraisers at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood are set for April 27th and a date in fall, and we need your help gathering prizes for the bingo winners!

To help you get started, here is information about Reading to Kids to share with potential donors, as well as a donation form for them to complete.

We especially enjoy awarding gift certificates, amusement park and theater tickets (when safe to attend), gift bags, and autographed items! Anything unique is great, too!

If you work at or have a connection with products or services to offer, please help us by asking for a donation to our events.
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Thanks, and we hope you can submit your RSVP for our March 12th reading clubs over the next week if we get to open more spots!

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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Make a donation:
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MARCH 2022
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 6 6
Esperanza 8 8
Gratts 10 10
Los Angeles 5 5
MacArthur Park 7 7
Magnolia 9 9
Politi 6 6
White 8 8
TOTAL 59 59
MARCH Books. . .
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Kindergarten
First Grade book
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Second Grade book
Second Grade
Third Grade book
Third Grade
Fourth Grade book
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Fifth Grade book
Fifth Grade

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