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Reading to Kids News
August 11, 2022
 

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

HELP! FIVE MORE EXPERIENCED VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
FOR THIS SATURDAY'S READING CLUBS!

Five volunteer spots opened yesterday for our August 13th "Arts & Creativity" virtual reading clubs this Saturday, so please head to www.readingtokids.org and submit your RSVP for them today!

Sign at Alta Loma advertising Reading to Kids

If you have ever read with us at any of our prior reading clubs (face-to-face or virtual), please RSVP now at our homepage at www.readingtokids.org to help us meet our commitment to the schools. Or, keep checking back to see if we have new open spots before 3pm tomorrow!

(If you are signed up but can't attend after all, please click here to cancel ASAP or before 3:00 p.m. tomorrow so someone else can take your place!)

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. See below for how virtual clubs work.


If you check our website and find all reader spots are full today or tomorrow, please keep checking back so we'll have enough volunteers in case someone had to cancel.


STAND-BY READERS WANTED!

If all spots are full then please let us know at info@readingtokids.org if you are willing to be a "stand-by" reader for this Saturday. 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 this Saturday morning from 8am to around 11am and willing to read via Zoom to any grade at any school. It's a valuable role!

(We hope to announce soon when we may be able to return to in-person reading clubs on our partner-school campuses.)

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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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READING TO KIDS IS HIRING!

Are you or someone you know 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 starting as soon as possible!

The position is posted on our website at readingtokids.org/News/ProgramCoordinator2022.html, where you can also read it by clicking on the Program Coordinator button below Latest News. Be sure to apply as soon as possible.

Reading to Kids is Hiring

Please share the above position with anyone you think would be a good fit, especially if they have volunteered with us before!

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MARKETING COMMITTEE ZOOM MEETING
THIS MON. 8/15 AT 7PM

Tabling for Reading to Kids

Join us this Monday, August 15th for our Marketing Committee Zoom meeting from 7pm - 8pm!

E-mail us at info@readingtokids.org and we'll send you the Evite with all the information to join the meeting where we'll plan for our Annual Fund Drive and outreach efforts!

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DECADE 5 MULTIMEDIA EVENT / 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION ON 9/10/22:
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!

Prince Decade 5 Birthday Fundraiser Event flyer

On Saturday, September 10th, one of our most dedicated volunteers, Prince Selvage III, is turning 50 years old, and he is holding his 50th birthday celebration as a multimedia event and fundraiser for Reading to Kids!

His event is in the evening (after our September reading clubs) from 6pm to 11pm and features art, music, and fashion in a gallery setting!

Purchase your ticket to attend with a suggested $20 donation. Click this link to donate and secure your ticket today before they sell out!

Attendees will view the works of four talented artists while enjoying beats and grooves by a rotating roster of four of LA's finest DJs! Experience a special pop-up fashion boutique with the unique brand that is "SPY SCHOOL Los Angeles"!

WHEN:   Saturday, September 10th, 6pm - 11pm
WHERE: START Los Angeles gallery
               2270 Venice Boulevard
               Los Angeles, CA 90006
               startlosangeles.com
Cost:  $20 suggested donation, with all proceeds benefiting Reading to Kids!

Click the ticketing link above for details!

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Thanks, and we hope you can submit your RSVP for our August 13th reading clubs today or tomorrow before 3pm if we get to open more volunteer 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)
info@readingtokids.org
www.readingtokids.org
www.facebook.com/readingtokids
www.twitter.com/readingtokids
www.readingtokids.blogspot.com

Make a donation:
www.readingtokids.org/HowToHelp/HelpDonate.php

AUGUST 2022
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 5 6
Esperanza 6 6
Gratts 7 7
Los Angeles 5 7
MacArthur Park 5 6
Magnolia 6 6
Politi 8 9
White 9 9
TOTAL 51 56
AUGUST 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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