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Reading to Kids News
January 4, 2024
 

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Are you ready to share your love of books with kids in the new year? Then volunteering for our January 13th Mysteries & New Adventures reading clubs is where it's at!

Volunteers reading aloud to 1st graders at Magnolia Elementary

38 MORE READERS NEEDED IN 9 DAYS
FOR JAN. 13TH READING CLUBS!

We urgently need 37 more readers to join us for our January 13th reading clubs.

Here is how you can help us meet our commitment to the kids!

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

  2. Share and join our January 13th reading club event to let your friends know the fun you'll be up to this Saturday!

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

    1. "My favorite volunteer organization, Reading to Kids, is looking for more volunteers for their reading clubs on Saturday, Jan. 13th. The theme is "Mysteries & New Adventures".

      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 Saturday morning, January 13th, near downtown LA
    - Volunteers must sign up online by 3pm Friday, Jan. 12th, 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.)

Set up a group to volunteer with us

College Spirit at Esperanza

E-mail us at info@readingtokids.org and we'll get your group added into our volunteer group list!
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STEP IN TO A BIGGER VOLUNTEER ROLE
AT OUR JAN. 13TH READING CLUBS

Veteran volunteers help out with logistics

We really need more of our experienced volunteers to help train new and returning volunteers, be a GLC, or especially 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 reading clubs!

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READING TO KIDS
25TH ANNIVERSARY
PARTY PLANNERS WANTED

Our Special Events Committee is in the early planning stages of creating our 25th Anniversary party next year on May 11th!

Please e-mail us at info@readingtokids.org if you would like to help plan that party!

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ANNUAL FUND DRIVE SUCCESS!

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive

You made it happen! Thanks to the support of so many of you, our 2023 Annual Fund Drive was another success, with 421 donors helping us raise $70,738!

We still expect a few more checks in the mail and corporate matching donations, all thanks to your individual and collective efforts to support reading to children!

Our very special thanks go out to our five fundraising Angels:

Matthew Jones
Mark May
Emi Shibata
Alyson Beckman
Vanessa Del Muro

Click here to see how much each raised – together they raised $10,398 from 67 donors!

School Competition Winners!

Highest overall percentage of volunteers who donated to the Annual Fund Drive:
1st: Esperanza Elementary!
2nd: Politi Elementary (just 1% behind Esperanza!)
3rd: Gratts Elementary

Highest overall dollar amount raised for the Annual Fund Drive:
1st: Esperanza Elementary (thanks to Angel fundraiser Mark May!)
2nd: Magnolia Elementary
3rd: White Elementary

Volunteers at all of the schools together raised $17,863!

Finally, we extend our sincere appreciation to all of our AFD Speakers who helped raise these much-needed funds over the last three reading clubs!

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THREE RUNNERS WANTED FOR THE
2024 LA MARATHON,
13.1 MILE CHARITY CHALLENGE,
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 one more marathon runner and two 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
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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
www.readingtokids.org
www.facebook.com/readingtokids
www.twitter.com/readingtokids
www.readingtokids.blogspot.com

Make a donation:
www.readingtokids.org/HowToHelp/HelpDonate.php

JANUARY 2024
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 23 23
Esperanza 24 29
Gratts 21 29
Los Angeles 33 38
MacArthur Park 26 32
Magnolia 30 30
Politi 20 27
White 20 26
TOTAL 197 234
JANUARY 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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