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Reading to Kids News
March 16, 2023
 

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Despite another rainy morning, this month, 306 kids, 224 volunteers, 64 parents, and 28 teachers & staff helped to make our March 11th reading clubs a success!

Please join us in thanking all of the wonderfully talented and generous musicians who entertained you on Saturday!

A student performing cello at Esperanza Elementary     Kid dancing to the drums at Alta Loma Elementary

At four of our schools students were the musical or dance performers, and you can see the student cello player at Esperanza Elementary in the above photo.

On the right is a kid who was so inspired by drummer Justin Lack at Alta Loma that he started dancing to the percussion!

You can click our 2023 musicians link to see photos of three of our other performers, too!

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APRIL 8TH READING CLUBS

Please sign up for the next reading clubs!

Click here to submit your RSVP for our "The Wonders of Science& Technology" clubs, then "join" the April 8th reading club event on Facebook and invite your friends!

We'll need hundreds of volunteers for these April reading clubs, so be sure to sign up early and recruit your friends, co-workers, and family members as volunteers!

These April 8th reading clubs will be much smaller because the schools will still be on their Spring break, so be sure to sign up early!

SCHOOL AMBASSADORS WANTED

Volunteers at Charles White Elementary

Because of Spring Break, during the week of March 27th we need experienced volunteers to be our ambassadors to visit any of our schools for an hour during the school day to encourage kids to come to the April 8th reading clubs. Email us at info@readingtokids.org if you can be an ambassador for an hour that week!

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FINAL DAYS TO DONATE TO
AND CHEER ON
OUR BIG 5K & MARATHON RUNNERS!

Team Reading to Kids 2022 LA Marathon runners

Team Reading to Kids has until this Sunday to reach their $20,000 fundraising goal!

Please donate a buck a mile today as they prepare to run the LA Big 5K this Saturday and the Los Angeles Marathon this Sunday!

They have been training for months, and so far our runners have raised $5,237 in support of our monthly reading clubs.

Your donation will make all their months and miles of training pay off in books for the kids we serve!

Team Reading to Kids banner

CHEER ON OUR BIG 5K RUNNERS
THIS SATURDAY AT 7:30AM!

Come cheer on the LA BIG 5K Running for Reading to Kids Team this Saturday as they run near Dodger Stadium!

We will be there starting at 7:00 am, and you should arrange to arrive before 7:30 am to avoid the crowds and provide time to walk from your car to the beginning of the race route. This year look for the runners in the silver shirts (which have the date for the marathon on them).

2023 runner's shirts

Parking for the LA BIG 5K is free, and you can meet our Big 5K runners at 7:00 am at this location marked in purple below in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium (click the below image to see a larger version). The race starts at 8am and will probably end by 9am.

Where to meet our Big 5K runners

Getting to the LA BIG 5K race: Due to street closures for the LA BIG 5K, only two entrances will be open to Dodger Stadium: the Sunset Gate, accessible via Sunset Blvd., and the Downtown Gate, accessible via CA-110. These gates will open at 6:00 am. (Note: The Golden State Gate, accessible via I-5, will be closed due to street closures.)

Please email us at marathon@readingtokids.org if you can cheer them on this Saturday - or simply show up!

If you have any questions, you can also call Chris Martin at (562) 243-1791.

HAND OUT WATER DURING THE RACE!

Help represent Reading to Kids during the Los Angeles Marathon this Sunday by handing out water to the runners!

Our group will be at Water Station Mile 9 at Hollywood Blvd & Hobart Blvd., this Sunday, March 19th from 5am - 11am.

Click this link to sign up. Our group is Reading to Kids, so just complete the form and sign up to volunteer!

Supporting our runners

If you can't join us at the above, then donate your support!

You can also cheer on our marathon runners this Sunday at our course support booth located at Burton Way and Palm Dr. from 8:30am - 11:30am. Join Charlie by stopping by and be inspired by the runners streaming by!

Reading to Kids LA Marathon cheer booth
Course Support Booth
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PLEASE HELP US FIND
BINGO PRIZE & AUCTION ITEMS

Reading to Kids' Legendary Bingo fundraiser at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood

Our next Legendary Bingo fundraiser at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood will be on April 26th, and we need your help gathering prizes for the bingo winners!

To help you get started, here is information about Reading to Kids to share with potential donors, as well as a donation form for them to complete.

We especially enjoy awarding gift certificates, amusement park and theater tickets, gift bags, and autographed items! Anything unique is great, too!

If you work at or have a connection with products or services to offer, please help us by asking for a donation to our events.
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BUY A READING TO KIDS T-SHIRT!

(Click on each photo below to see a larger version.)
Reading to Kids t-shirt front     Reading to Kids t-shirt back

It's time once again to get your very own Reading to Kids t-shirt!

We have a group order ending on March 30th, so please head over to our Order a T-Shirt link for all the details on how you can order your own shirt like the one shown above.

That Order a T-Shirt link is also available in the lower left-hand side of our website. The more t-shirts ordered by the 30th, the less expensive they will be!

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Thanks, and we hope you can join us for any of the above this weekend and April 8th!

Sincerely,

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)
info@readingtokids.org
www.readingtokids.org
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www.readingtokids.blogspot.com

Make a donation:
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APRIL 2023
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 12 19
Esperanza 10 19
Gratts 7 18
Los Angeles 11 18
MacArthur Park 6 18
Magnolia 6 18
Politi 6 18
White 11 18
TOTAL 69 146
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