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August 25, 2022

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,


Volunteers needed at Reading to Kids
(Above image is from before the pandemic.)

LAUSD has approved our reading clubs to return back to in-person on our partner school campuses!

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.

September is one of our biggest months, and the September 10th reading clubs need 156 more volunteers - so please join us and help recruit them!

Here are 5 easy things you can do right now to help!

  1. If you haven't already, please visit our website now and sign up.

  2. "Join" our September 10th Facebook event to let your friends know the fun you'll be up to that Saturday!

  3. Whether or not you can volunteer on the 10th, Tweet @readingtokids, post, and message your friends and followers. Here's a sample post you can use:

    "My favorite volunteer organization, Reading to Kids, is looking for more volunteers for their September 10th reading clubs. The theme is "Back to School Fun", and every participant will wear masks while indoors. Join me at ### Elementary School for a fantastic morning of reading to elementary school kids near downtown LA. To join me, sign up online today at www.readingtokids.org."

    If you write your own post, please be sure to include the following two things:

    - The reading clubs are Saturday morning, September 10th, near downtown LA
    - Volunteers must sign up online by 3pm on Friday, Sept. 9th, at www.readingtokids.org

    If you have people in mind who you think would really like to read with us, tag them in your post. It will alert them to the reading clubs and show up in their friends' news feeds.

  4. Copy from our message template at http://www.readingtokids.org/News/SampleVolRecruit.pdf to encourage people you know to sign up to read with us!

  5. Print out this flyer at http://readingtokids.org/ProMaterials/VolunteerTearOffFlyer.pdf and post it somewhere others will see it. Make it a personal and fun social event by including the school at which you'll be reading or encouraging them to read at your favorite of our eight partner schools!
Set up a group to volunteer with us
E-mail us at info@readingtokids.org and we'll get your group added into our volunteer group list!


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!

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



Volunteers at Charles White Elementary

If you have volunteered with us before, please help promote Reading to Kids at our partner schools as a Reading to Kids Ambassador!

During these next few weeks of the new school year we are invited to promote Reading to Kids at our partner schools!

There are two different ways you can help:

  • Back-to-School-Nights
  • Classroom Visits week of Sept. 5th

We'll supply everything you need, including what to say if parents ask questions and to the kids during classroom visits (explained below). Although it's great if you can speak Spanish (even a little), all of our parent materials are bilingual, and there's always someone who can translate for you at the school.

During the week of September 5th we need ambassadors to visit any of our schools for an hour during the school day to visit each classroom to encourage kids to come to the September 10th reading clubs held on their campuses. Reply to this email if you can be an ambassador for an hour that week!

Our Ambassadors always have a great time with the kids and parents - come find out why!

If you have volunteered with us before and can be an Ambassador, please e-mail us at info@readingtokids.org or call (310) 479-7455.



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!



The Albertsons Companies Foundation logo

Joins us in thanking The Albertsons Companies Foundation for its continued support of Reading to Kids, enabling all of us to share with children our love of reading!

Their recent $2,500 grant will go towards purchasing the hundreds of books we donate to our eight partner schools' libraries each year, and to the thousands of books we give to participating kids each month.

Our special thanks go to Reading to Kids volunteer Prince Selvage III (yes, the same Prince holding his party for us!) for sponsoring us for this donation through his employer!


Thanks, and please help recruit volunteers for Sept. 10th!


Charlie Orchard & Talethe Collins
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)

Make a donation:

Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 13 21
Esperanza 16 46
Gratts 11 27
Los Angeles 16 33
MacArthur Park 11 29
Magnolia 13 36
Politi 13 35
White 12 34
TOTAL 105 261
SEPTEMBER Books. . .
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