Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,
Even though Saturday fell on a three-day weekend to observe Veterans Day, 311 kids, 208 volunteers,
42 parents, and 24 teachers & staff
helped to make our November 11th reading clubs a success!
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125 volunteers (60% of all our volunteers!) helped inspire college aspirations by wearing college logos from 47
(Politi volunteers showing their college spirit.
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UCLA showed the most spirit of local colleges with 30 volunteers wearing UCLA logos!
The most spirit shown for a college located elsewhere in California went to Stanford with six volunteers wearing its logo, while the most spirit from an out-of-state college went to the University of Michigan with four volunteers wearing their logo.
Politi Elementary Staff members at Saturday's reading clubs
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DECEMBER 9TH READING CLUBS
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN
Please be sure to sign up for the next reading clubs!
Click here to submit your RSVP for our
"Family & The Spirit of Giving" reading clubs on December 9th,
then "join" the
December 9th reading club event on Facebook and invite
Santas & Helpers Needed!
At least once in your life you should experience being Santa or one of his helpers - and here is your chance!
We need a few more people willing to be Santa, Mrs. Claus, or an assisting "elf" at our reading clubs on December 9th. We've
had Santas of all shapes, sizes, and gender, and
we'll provide the full Santa suit.
Santa or his helpers do NOT need to be veteran Reading to Kids volunteers, so please ask your friends if they can be Santa, Mrs. Claus, or an elf on the 9th!
There's nothing better than seeing the students' excitement
when Santa visits our reading clubs!
If you are interested in being Santa, Mrs. Claus,
or an assisting "elf" on December 9th, please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You won't be able to read that day,
but you'll see
hundreds of smiling faces!
ANNUAL FUND DRIVE UPDATE & LEADERS SO FAR:
DOUBLE YOUR DONATION FOR YOUR SCHOOL!
On Saturday and the last few days we received another $3,564 from 43 donors towards our 2023 Annual Fund Drive!
The names of the new donors have already been added to our
2023 Annual Fund Drive page, and here are the school competition stats so far:
SCHOOL COMPETITION WINNERS!
Highest percentage of volunteers who donated at the Nov. 11th reading clubs:
1st: Los Angeles (a new leader with 32%!)
2nd & 3rd: Esperanza and Politi (tied at 27%)
Highest dollar amount raised at the Nov. 11th reading clubs:
3rd: Los Angeles
Highest percentage of volunteers who have donated overall:
1st: Esperanza & Politi (tied at 40%!)
Highest dollar amount raised overall:
2nd: Los Angeles
All of these Nov. 11th volunteer donations will be doubled or tripled by our matching donors at every school, and their offers still stand!
That's right, you can still double or triple your donation and easily change the above standings by donating this week!
We have so far raised $16,525 from 147 donors!
Our overall goal by the end of the year is to raise $60,000 from
how you can help, with your donations being counted towards the
1) Make a pledge to donate by check or donate online
today by visiting our
2023 Annual Fund Drive. Contributions of any amount are
2) Show your support by asking friends and family to
2023 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
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!
FIVE MORE RUNNERS WANTED
FOR THE 2024 LA MARATHON'S
CHARITY HALF MARATHON 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,
This is our 10th time running the marathon, and we're looking for five more runners to run the Charity Half Marathon - a course between Dodger Stadium and the finish line in Century City, without all of the hills of the full Los Angeles Marathon. This is an exclusive opportunity to participate without having to run the entire route!
If that distance 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.
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
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.
READING TO KIDS
Our Special Events Committee is in the early planning stages of creating our 25th Anniversary party next year on May 11th!
PARTY PLANNERS WANTED
Please e-mail us at
email@example.com if you would like to help plan that party!