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May 9, 2024

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

25 years ago this Saturday Reading to Kids began at Gratts Elementary with just eight volunteers, a visionary principal, and wonderful teachers!

Our founders in 1999
Founding principal Raul Fernandez, with founding teachers Silvia Rubalcava (on the left) and Maricela Sanchez (on the right), along with founding volunteers Jon Tomlin, Sean Morris, and Jason Axe.

In the photo above are the folk you and thousands of kids have to thank for so many wonderful Saturday mornings!

We're just two days away from our May 11th "Fantasy, Folklore, & Fairytales" reading clubs, and we need eight more volunteer readers this Saturday!

If we are full when you check our website, please keep checking back today and tomorrow until 3pm for new spots in case someone cancels.


Have you volunteered with us a few times recently? Then Then this Saturday would be a great time to step into any of our vital Operations roles - all training very pleasantly provided!

Please e-mail us at info@readingtokids.org if you can volunteer for any of the following roles this Saturday:

- GLC at Alta Loma (2nd or 4th) or Gratts (2nd)
- Training Coordinator at Gratts
- Check-in Helper at Alta Loma, Magnolia, or White
- Bagel Runner (picking up from a shop in Santa Monica this afternoon or tomorrow at 2:20pm)

If you are signed up but know you can't join us, cancel your RSVP here immediately so someone else can read in your place!



Sample flyers

Tomorrow for an hour or two between 7:30am and 2:30pm, we need your help conducting quick classroom walk-throughs to encourage kids to come to our May 11th reading clubs.

We are especially looking for volunteers who can pass out flyers to parents when school lets out at around 2:15pm tomorrow.

This can be a lot of fun and we'll provide everything you need. Please reply to info@readingtokids.org or call the office at (310) 479-7455 if you can be an Ambassador for an hour or two!


Reading to Kids 25th Anniversary Celebration & Casino Night on May 11th postcard

Please join us for a quarter century of accomplishments and buy your tickets for our celebration event this Saturday evening!

Head on over to our 25th Anniversary Celebration page for tickets and all the details, including our latest list of the raffle prizes you can win that night!

Reading to Kids 25th Anniversary Celebration & Casino Night raffle prize bags for the K, 1st, and 2nd raffle prize packages

Reading to Kids 25th Anniversary Celebration & Casino Night raffle prize bags for the K, 1st, and 2nd raffle prize packages
Click this link to see what is in these
raffle prize package bags!

Our party is French Quarter / Mardi Gras / New Orleans themed as we enjoy casino table games at the beautiful Historic Woman's Club in Santa Monica!

We'll have New Orleans-style food, raffle prizes and packages to win, a live DJ, a 360° camera photo booth, and casino table games to play for fun and raffle tickets! Each ticket includes $100 in gaming chips!

Enjoy Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, and Poker, delicious food & drinks, and an opportunity to socialize with your fellow Reading to Kids volunteer and supporters!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Tickets are $40 online before 2pm this Saturday, $45 at the door while tickets last. ****Guests must be 18 and over.****

Buy your 25th Anniversary Celebration tickets TODAY so that we can add your names on the 25th Anniversary Celebration details page.

Please also share and join our 25th Anniversary Celebration Facebook event to let your friends know the fun you'll have this Saturday evening!

If you also buy a ticket for a friend, that doubles your impact!

Reading to Kids 25th Anniversary Celebration & Casino Night on May 11th banner

Reading to Kids 25th Anniversary Celebration & Casino Night on May 11th flyer

Thanks, and please let us know if you can help for this Saturday's "Fantasy, Folklore, & Fairytales" 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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MAY 2024
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 28 30
Esperanza 22 23
Gratts 27 28
Los Angeles 37 38
MacArthur Park 30 32
Magnolia 30 30
Politi 28 29
White 28 28
TOTAL 230 238
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