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Reading to Kids News
December 7, 2023
 

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Our "Family & The Spirit of Giving" reading clubs are this Saturday, and we need 23 more volunteers to read aloud to an expected hundreds of kids eager to hear a story and see Santa!

23 MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
FOR THIS SATURDAY'S READING CLUBS!

Santa at Alta Loma reading clubs

We have until 3pm tomorrow (Friday) to recruit the volunteers we still need for our reading clubs on our partner school campuses this Saturday!

Here's how you can help today!

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

  2. Share and join our December 9th reading club event to let your friends know the fun you'll be up to this Saturday!

  3. Whether or not you can volunteer this Saturday, Tweet @readingtokids, post, and message your friends and followers. Here's a sample post you can use:

    1. "Santa + reading to excited kids + holiday spirit = the best way to spend your Saturday morning! My favorite volunteer organization, Reading to Kids, is looking for more volunteers for their reading clubs this Saturday, Dec. 9th. The theme is "Family & The Spirit of Giving", and the kids are eager to see Santa when he visits the reading clubs that day.

      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 this Saturday morning, December 9th, near downtown LA
    - Volunteers must sign up online by 3pm tomorrow, Dec. 8th, 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!

(If you have signed up and can't make it, please cancel to make room for another volunteer.)

The Pasadena Jaycees are providing our Santa suits for this Saturday!

If you are interested in volunteering for Operation Santa and bringing joy to children in need on Christmas Eve, click here or email them at OpSanta@PasadenaJaycees.org!
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FIVE MORE OPERATIONS VOLUNTEERS
ALSO NEEDED THIS SATURDAY

Veteran volunteers help out with logistics
We also need help from experienced volunteers in any of the following roles, so please reply to this email if you can help:

- GLC at Alta Loma (3rd or 4th) or Los Angeles (4th)
- Check-in Helper at Alta Loma or MacArthur Park
- Site Operations Helper at any school!

If you have volunteered with us before and 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!

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OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING
ON ZOOM TONIGHT, DECEMBER 7TH, AT 7PM

Want to help us run our reading clubs each month?

Tonight, join the Operations Committee for their Quarterly Zoom meeting from 7 pm - 8:15 pm .

We are always eager for more Site Coordinators, so please email us at info@readingtokids.org for the Zoom link!

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THREE 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, March 17th!

 Team Reading to Kids logo

This is our 10th time running the marathon, and we're looking for three 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 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 runners
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THANK YOU TO
THE ALBERTSONS COMPANIES FOUNDATION

The Albertsons Companies Foundation logo

We thank The Albertsons Companies Foundation for their latest $2,500 grant supporting Reading to Kids!

Volunteer Prince Selvage III sponsored us for this grant again through his employer. Working together, we are all bringing the joy of literacy to the kids we serve at our eight partner schools - both with every prize book we give to a child and through the hardcover, read-aloud books our volunteers bring to life the second Saturday of every month!

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Thanks, and please help recruit volunteers for this Saturday!!

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

Sincerely,

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

Make a donation:
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DECEMBER 2023
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 28 28
Esperanza 42 43
Gratts 29 29
Los Angeles 46 54
MacArthur Park 40 50
Magnolia 45 45
Politi 33 37
White 30 30
TOTAL 293 316
DECEMBER Books. . .
Kindergarten book
Kindergarten
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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