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September 28, 2023

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Our very popular Halloween, Magic, & Monsters reading clubs are in about two weeks on October 14th, and we still need magicians and readers to meet our commitments to the kids!


Magician Raul Fernandez performing at Gratts

The kids are eager to see magic at our October reading clubs, so we are still looking for three more magicians to perform for 10-15 minutes on October 14th!

If you or someone you know possesses the powers of magic and illusion, please contact us at info@readingtokids.org or (310) 479-7455!

Volunteers at Reading to Kids


Our October 14th reading clubs need 119 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. Publish to your Facebook feed and share with your friends our October 14th Facebook Event to encourage them to volunteer!

  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, needs more volunteers for their October 14th reading clubs. The theme is "Halloween, Magic, & Monsters", and the kids will also enjoy a magician performance. 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, October 14th, near downtown LA
    - Volunteers must sign up online by 3pm on Friday, Oct. 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 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

University of Rochester Alumni group

Do you have a group at your work, college, dojo, alumni gatherings, etc. looking for a fun, meaningful activity to do together?

E-mail us at info@readingtokids.org and we'll get your group added into our volunteer group list!

For these October 14th reading clubs we also encourage volunteers to dress up in school-appropriate Halloween costumes!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Halloween costume


Veteran volunteers help out with logistics

We also 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 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 three 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



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!


Thank you very much, and we look forward to seeing you and your friends 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 33 35
Esperanza 18 44
Gratts 12 27
Los Angeles 25 44
MacArthur Park 26 43
Magnolia 23 38
Politi 18 38
White 21 26
TOTAL 176 295
OCTOBER 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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