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January 5, 2023

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Is one of your resolutions to bring joy to others? Then volunteering for our January 14th Mysteries & New Adventures reading clubs is perfect for you!

A boy reading at our reading clubs


We urgently need 128 more readers to join us for our January 14th reading clubs 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.

Here is how you can help us meet our commitment to the kids!

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

  2. Share and join our January 14th reading club event to let your friends know the fun you'll be up to on the 14th!

  3. Whether or not you can volunteer on the 14th, 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 reading clubs on Saturday, Jan. 14th. The theme is "Mysteries & New Adventures", and every participant will wear masks while indoors.

      Join me at ### Elementary School for a fun, heartwarming 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, January 14th, near downtown LA
    - Volunteers must sign up online by 3pm on Friday, Jan. 13th, 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 easy 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

College Spirit at Esperanza

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

We need more of our experienced volunteers to help train new and returning volunteers, be a GLC, or especially 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 reading clubs!



Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

You did it! Thanks to the support of so many of you, our 2022 Annual Fund Drive was another success, with 399 donors helping us raise $61,842 - $12,500 of that raised within the last 12 hours of 2022!

We still expect a few more checks in the mail and corporate matching donations, so we should easily exceed 400 donors!

Our very special thanks go out to our three fundraising Angels:

Matthew Jones
Mark May
Alyson Beckman

Click here to see how much each raised – together they raised $5,703 from 80 donors!

School Competition Winners!

Highest overall percentage of volunteers who donated to the Annual Fund Drive:
1st: Los Angeles Elementary!
Tied for 2nd: Esperanza Elementary and MacArthur Park Elementary (both only 1% behind Los Angeles!)

Highest overall dollar amount raised for the Annual Fund Drive:
1st: Esperanza Elementary!
2nd: Los Angeles Elementary
3rd: Magnolia Elementary

Volunteers at all of the schools together raised $12,825!

Finally, we extend our sincere appreciation to all of the AFD Speakers who helped raise these much-needed funds over the last three reading clubs!


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 two 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 LA Marathon runners


Charlie Orchard, Yancy Rodriguez Coe, & Diego Cruz
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 22 38
Esperanza 17 38
Gratts 21 21
Los Angeles 20 41
MacArthur Park 15 32
Magnolia 18 41
Politi 14 35
White 15 24
TOTAL 142 270
JANUARY 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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