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September 14, 2023

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Last Saturday saw the return of large reading clubs, with 391 kids, 193 volunteers, 54 parents, and 24 teachers & staff participating in our September 9th reading clubs! 22% of the entire student body of Los Angeles Elementary joined us on Saturday!

We celebrated 16 volunteer milestones on Saturday, including three particularly large ones!

Below you can see Politi Site Coordinators Rene Amy (40th reading club) and Heather Horn (90th reading club) receiving their milestone certificates. Also standing with them is regular Politi New Volunteer trainer Stan Thompson receiving his 100th reading clubs milestone certificate! Click the photo to see it full-sized!

Politi Milestone Certificate Earners

By joining us for his 100th reading club, Stan also earned his 100th reading club magnetic name badge! Stan is our 41st volunteer to reach the 100 reading clubs milestone!

Stan Thompson 100th Name Badge

Also receiving significant milestone certificates on Saturday were Margie McFadyen at Los Angeles Elem. for her 50th reading club, Site Coordinator Rich Converse-Fraser at Magnolia Elementary for his 70th reading club, and Jason Zelin at Los Angeles Elem. for his 140th reading club!

Kori Wilson's 200th reading Club!

Kori Wilson 200th Milestone Certificate sign

All our volunteers at Gratts on Saturday joined in a special celebration as regular Gratts New Volunteer trainer Kori Wilson attended his 200th reading club! Kori is our 6th volunteer to participate for 200 Saturday mornings! Click either photo to see it full-sized!

Gratts volunteers celebrate Kori Wilson


Please be sure to sign up for the next reading clubs! Click here to submit your RSVP for our Halloween, Magic, and Monsters reading clubs on October 14th.

Our October reading clubs are even more popular than September, so sign up now and tell your co-workers, family, and friends about your favorite volunteer opportunity!

To help with that, after you sign up, please join our October 14th Facebook event, too.

Magician Raul Fernandez perfoming at Gratts

On October 14th we'll also have magicians performing at each of our eight schools!

If you or someone you know possesses the powers of magic and illusion, please contact us at info@readingtokids.org or (310) 479-7455 as we are still looking for more magicians!



Back to School supplies

We gave so many school supplies to each kid who attended last Saturday's clubs that we need to re-stock for next September!

If you happen to have the following laying around (or want to pick some up at back-to-school sales), these are the specific items we are looking for:

Spiral notebooks
Colorful 2-pocket folders
3-ring binders
3-ring pencil pouches
Large erasers

Stores such as Office Depot, Staples, and Target are still promoting great back-to-school specials. If you're going to be there anyway, why not pick up a folder or ten for the kids?

Please email us at info@readingtokids.org or call us at (310) 479-7455 if you have any supplies to donate. September is always a fun month for us, made much more so with the giveaways!




Did you know you can support Reading to Kids just by shopping at the grocery store or using your credit card?

eScrip and Ralphs both have programs that are NO COST ways for you to donate to Reading to Kids.

All you have to do is call Ralphs or go online and register your grocery cards.  When you use those cards at a participating store or service provider, the store will donate a percentage of your purchases to Reading to Kids

Click here for simple instructions on how to sign up or renew! Or, you can call Ralphs Community Contribution Program at (800) 443-4438. Explain you want to register your Ralphs card number and your telephone number. Reading to Kids NPO# is BR278.

Note if you have previously signed up: You must renew your registration each year on or after September 1st, so please renew again for this year!


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 2024 Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 17th!

 Team Reading to Kids logo

This is our 10th time running the marathon, and we're looking for at least four more marathon runners and six 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 16, 2024.

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

Thanks, and we really hope to see you at our October 14th reading clubs!


Charlie Orchard, Yancy Rodriguez Coe, & Ciara Kelly
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 11 29
Esperanza 6 36
Gratts 5 27
Los Angeles 10 44
MacArthur Park 5 43
Magnolia 8 33
Politi 9 32
White 5 26
TOTAL 59 270
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