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October 13, 2022

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

We had a wonderfully magical time last Saturday with 665 kids, 230 volunteers, 151 parents, and 33 teachers & staff joining together at our October 8th reading clubs!

Three schools - Alta Loma, Los Angeles, and MacArthur Park - had 22% of their students attend, while Magnolia had 21% attend!

Overall, 18% of the entire student body of all eight of our partner-schools attended - the highest reading clubs participation percentage in five years!

Reading clubs at Magnolia Elem. reading clubs
Reading clubs at Magnolia Elementary.
Click the above image to see it full sized!

Keep an eye on our Instagram over the next few weeks to see some of the magicians and a few of the clever costumes your fellow volunteers wore at the reading clubs!

We would especially like to thank the ten wonderfully entertaining magicians (most from the Westside Wizards) who made the reading clubs so special this month! Two of them are kid magicians!

Click on the photo below that Principal Rumble at Esperanza posted as magician Dan Cray performed at the reading clubs!

Magician Dan Cray performing at Esperanza Elementary

Click on the photo below to see kid magician Dominie Apeles performing with her dad Charles Cisneros at MacArthur Park!

Magicians Dominie Apeles and Charles Cisneros performing at MacArthur Park Elementary


Please sign up today for our November 12th reading clubs! Submit your RSVP for our "Seasons & the Natural World" reading clubs at www.readingtokids.org.

We'll need a lot of volunteers in November, so please sign up early! Then help spread the word by also joining our November 12th Facebook Event.

November is our college spirit month, so dig out your college sweatshirts and ball caps to wear that morning as we see which college shows the most spirit!



Veteran volunteers help out with logistics

Now that we have returned 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 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!


OR 5K!

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 2023 Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 19th!

 Team Reading to Kids logo

This is our 9th time running the marathon, and we're looking for at least four more marathon runners and seven Charity Challenge runners (the last 13.1 miles of the course) to join us in one of the best marathons in the country.

If either of those distances is too daunting, you can join us in the LA Big 5K (that's just 3.1 miles) near Dodger Stadium the day before the marathon on Saturday, March 18, 2023.

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


Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

We extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped us kick off our 2022 Annual Fund Drive, including 73 volunteers this past Saturday who together donated $3,331!

The names of these donors have already been added to our 2022 Annual Fund Drive page, and here are the school competition stats so far:


Highest percentage of volunteers who donated at the Oct. 8th reading clubs:
1st: MacArthur Park with an incredible 70%!
2nd: Magnolia (50%!)
3rd: Esperanza (36%!)

Highest dollar amount raised at the Oct. 8th reading clubs:
1st: Esperanza ($1,055!)
2nd: Magnolia ($563)
3rd: MacArthur Park ($551)

All of these donations will be doubled or tripled by our matching donors at each school!

Our ambitious goal by the end of the year is to raise $60,000 from 600 donors.

Here's how you can help, with your donations being counted towards the school competition:

1) Make a pledge to donate by check or donate online today by visiting our 2022 Annual Fund Drive. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated!

2) Show your support by asking friends and family to contribute! Visit our 2022 Annual Fund Drive page and look under the "Help us Fundraise!" header for resources, including information on creating your own personalized fundraising page on Facebook, our handy donor sheet for raising money with your friends and co-workers, tips for fundraising, and so much more.

Once they know about Reading to Kids, many of your friends and family will want to donate - we just need you to ask!

Also, if your workplace matches donations to nonprofits, please share with them your donation, and ask them to consider matching it. In this way you double your donation and share with others your enthusiasm for Reading to Kids!

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you at our November 12th reading clubs!


Charlie Orchard & Yancy Rodriguez Coe
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 6 38
Esperanza 7 44
Gratts 10 22
Los Angeles 8 41
MacArthur Park 2 35
Magnolia 4 46
Politi 4 38
White 2 24
TOTAL 43 286
NOVEMBER Books. . .
Kindergarten book
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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