Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,
On Tuesday we opened the
August 13th reading clubs RSVPs, and we still have a few open volunteer spots!
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 we were able to open new spots for our "Arts & Creativity" virtual reading clubs on August 13th!
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 two weeks, 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, August 13th. 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!
OPERATIONS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
For our virtual reading clubs we need experienced volunteers to
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 e-mail us at
email@example.com if you can help us create wonderful reading clubs!
READING TO KIDS IS HIRING!
Are you ready to work full-time at a nonprofit where you can make a big difference? Reading to Kids is hiring a
Program Coordinator for a permanent position!
The position is posted on our website, where you can read it by clicking on the Program Coordinator button below Latest News. Be sure to apply as soon as possible.
Please share the above position with anyone you think would be a good fit, especially if they have volunteered with us before!
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!
OUTDOOR MOVIE THIS SATURDAY
WITH READING TO KIDS!
AT THE HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY
This Saturday, July 30th join fellow Reading to Kids volunteers as we watch Alfred Hitchcock's classic The Birds at the
Hollywood Forever Cemetery!
The cemetery gates open at 7:15pm and the movie starts at 9:00pm. We can all sit together on the grassy field under the stars.
General admission tickets are $22 each, and you can purchase them at this link for The Birds. You can also purchase parking options at that link. These shows sell out quickly, so buy your tickets early!
After you have bought your tickets, send to
email@example.com your name, the movie you are attending, and your cell phone number
- we can then add you into our group text so we can easily find each other at the cemetery either evening.
Please also RSVP at our Facebook event and share it with friends to help spread the word!
Thanks, and please keep checking www.readingtokids.org to see if you can submit your RSVP for our August 13th reading clubs!