500 Men Reading Week

500 Men Reading Week of March 8, 2013 with author and photographer Charles R. Smith, Jr and Marques Colston of the New Orleans Saints.

January 23, 2014

Attention Men:

The 500 Men Reading Week with Ron Claiborne will be held March 3 thru March 8 in school districts and libraries in central PA. The purpose of the 500 Men Reading Week is to provide an opportunity for men to read to elementary students. The permanent honorary chair of the 500 Men Reading Week is Ron Claiborne of ABC Good Morning America. He will be participating on Tuesday, March 4th in the Harrisburg School District.

The ALC has coordinated the program since November of 2008. Last year, approximately 510 men participated. The program continues to draw men from a diverse backgrounds and professions. The majority of the men participate year after year while inviting others to participate. The program has become an effective way for men in the school setting to encourage children to read and be positive role models as well.

The 500 Men Reading Week is a program of The ALC which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of the ALC is to partner with community-based organizations, and other institutions with programs targeting educational enhancement and development for elementary-aged students. Since January 2001, the ALC has partnered with various organizations to encourage over 150,000 children to read.

We are asking you to support this effort by reading to students during the week of March 3 thru March 8. You can sign-up below. Thank you in advance for considering this request. If you have any questions, please contact me at (717) 580-5429.


Floyd Stokes

Executive Director

Register Today-Steelton Highspire Elementary
Tuesday, March 4

Register Today-East Shore
Tuesday, March 4 at 6 p.m.

Register Today-Capital Area Head Start
Tuesday March 4th 2014 and Thursday March 6th 2014

Register Today-Sylvan Heights Science Charter School
Tuesday March 4th 2014

Registration for Harrisburg School District is now closed.
Please contact the district if you still want to
read on Tuesday, March 4.
We still need readers for
the Sylvan Heights Science Charter School
and the East Shore Library on March 4.

Registration for Susquehanna School District is now closed.
Please contact the district if you still want to
read on Friday, March 7.
We still need readers for
the Harrisburg School District on March 4.

Honorary Chair of The 500 Men Reading Week

Ron Claiborne is the news anchor for ABC News’ weekend edition of “Good Morning America.”

Claiborne joined ABC News in 1986. In addition to his news anchor duties, he is a general assignment correspondent based in New York, reporting for “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Good Morning America.” Claiborne has previously worked in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Boston bureaus of ABC News. He has also covered international stories in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, China, South America, Africa and Europe.

In 2007 and 2008, Claiborne covered the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain. He has also covered such stories as the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in 2002 and 2003, the Elian Gonzalez custody case in Miami in 1999 to 2000, the Yugoslavia conflict in Belgrade in 1999, the 2000 Bush presidential campaign, the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign and the 1991 Persian Gulf War. During the 2003 Iraq War, he reported from the Persian Gulf region and was “embedded” on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln.

Claiborne was part of the ABC News team that won a 2000 Emmy Award for coverage of the seizure of Elian Gonzalez in Miami. In 2003, he was an Ochberg Fellow with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, affiliated with the University of Washington.

Prior to joining ABC News, he was a general assignment correspondent for WNYW-TV, New York from 1982 to 1986. He was a reporter for the New York Daily News from 1980 to 1982 and a reporter and national editor for United Press International in New York, from 1977 until 1980.

Claiborne earned an MS in journalism in 1975 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He received a BA in psychology from Yale University in 1974. He is a native of San Francisco, Calif., and grew up in Oakland, Calif., and Los Angeles.