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 12, 2015
Attention Men:


The 500 Men Reading Week with Ron Claiborne

The 500 Men Reading Week with Ron Claiborne of ABC Good Morning America will be held March 2 thru March 7. The purpose of the 500 Men Reading Week is to provide an opportunity for men to read to elementary students. Ron Claiborne will participate on Tuesday, March 3rd in the Harrisburg School District.


Last year, due to bad weather, approximately 420 men participated. The program continues to draw men from diverse backgrounds. 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 and library setting, to encourage children to read and be positive role models.


During the day of the reading, we are asking that each reader spends about 25 minutes with three different groups of students. While in the classroom, readers will share a couple of age appropriate books, talk about what they do for a living, and encourage the students to do well in school. Stories that address character development such as honesty, kindness, sharing and acceptance, as well as, ones that are entertaining can be shared.


New this year – If you don’t live in the Harrisburg area and would like to participate in the 500 Men Reading Event, please click here: Fathers Reading Event. Men from across the country can sign up to participate. Just tell us where and when you are reading during that week.

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 170,000 children to read.

Thank you in advance for helping our children and the community by participating in the 500 Men Reading Event. If you have any questions, please contact me at superreaders@aol.com.

Keep Reading,

Floyd Stokes                                                                                 Mike Young, CEO, PinnacleHealth
Executive Director                                                                       Chair of the 500 Men Reading Week


Click here to register to read in the district of your choice. You may register for more than one.

Harrisburg School District

– Tuesday, March 3

Steelton-Highspire School District

– Tuesday, March 3

Capital Area Head Start

– Tuesday, March 3

East Shore Library

– Thursday; March 5

Susquehanna School District

– Thursday; March 5

Fathers Reading Event

– March 2nd thru March 7.

Nativity School

– Tuesday, March 3.


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.