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August 18, 2022

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Even though it was the last Saturday of their summer break, 43 kids, 60 volunteers, and 16 teachers & staff helped to make more special our final Zoom reading clubs on August 14th!

We sincerely thank all the volunteers (such as those pictured below at Charles White Elementary on Saturday) who brought our program to the kids while we were limited to Zoom for 28 months!

Volunteers at Charles White Elem. during our Zoom reading clubs
(Click the above image to see full sized!)



Exciting news we have all been eagerly awaiting - LAUSD has approved our reading clubs to return back to in-person on our partner school campuses!

Talethe jumping for joy

Volunteers for our reading clubs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a mask while indoors on campus for the reading clubs. The kids will also be required to wear masks while indoors.

We have already opened the first 120 spots for these September 10th reading clubs, so please click here to submit your RSVP if you know you can join us on campus for our "Back to School Fun" reading clubs on September 10th!

NOTE: Sign up only if you can join us on the school campus for which you RSVP. Click here for a map to our partner schools.

We are starting off with opening just the bare minimum 120 volunteer spots, and over the next few weeks we expect to open up many more spots as principals confirm how many classrooms we will be allowed to use.

Thus, will probably need a couple hundred volunteers for our September reading clubs, so please tell everyone you know in southern California about your favorite volunteer opportunity - new volunteers welcome!

We'd especially love to have many experienced volunteers submit an RSVP for those first 120 spots!



Veteran volunteers help out with logistics

Now that we are returning back to in-person, on campus reading clubs, we need experienced volunteers to help train new and returning volunteers, be a GLC, or especially to be a second or third Site Coordinator at any of our schools.

If you have volunteered with us before and can help in any of those roles, please visit our home page at www.readingtokids.org and submit your email address in the yellow box, as usual!

Then, e-mail us at info@readingtokids.org to tell us the above role you would like to take on to help create wonderful, in-person reading clubs again!

Please sign up today for one of the limited spots available. As the next weeks progress, additional spots may open. So, if you check the website and find it is full today, please keep checking back so we'll have enough volunteers.

Thank you in advance for helping us bring Reading to Kids back to our partner-school campuses! :^)



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

• Melanie Flowers & Jamie Holloway (10 reading clubs each)
• White Elem. Site Coordinator Jessica Dunning (40 reading clubs)
• Eric Dunlap (50 reading clubs)

Pictured below are the certificates for our four largest milestones this month:

• Jessica Chong (90 reading clubs)
• Stan Thompson (90 reading clubs)
• Steve Baumgartner (140 reading clubs!)
• Gratts Elem. Site Coordinator Kori Wilson (190 reading clubs!)

Milestone Certificates


GenX  Flyer

Generation Xchange (GenX) is an intergenerational, academic community partnership between the Division of Geriatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

This program seeks to improve academic and behavioral outcomes for elementary-aged youth in South Los Angeles, while simultaneously promoting the health of the growing population of older adults by engaging them as classroom volunteers. Click here for their flyer (PDF).

GenX is currently recruiting volunteers 50 years and older for the fall 2022-2023 school year.

If you have questions or are interested in volunteering with GenX, you can contact the Co-Director of the program, D'Ann Morris by email at DMMorris@mednet.ucla.edu.



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
Cost:  $20 suggested donation, with all proceeds benefiting Reading to Kids!

Click the ticketing link above for details!


Thanks, and we hope you can join us at our next reading clubs (always the second Saturday of each month and back in-person, on campus) on September 10th.


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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Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 9 20
Esperanza 7 20
Gratts 5 20
Los Angeles 8 20
MacArthur Park 5 20
Magnolia 7 20
Politi 6 20
White 10 20
TOTAL 57 160
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