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500 Men Reading Week
The 500 Men Reading Week
The 500 Men Reading Week (formerly the 100 Men Reading Day VIII) will be held February 25 thru March 1, 2013 in school districts and libraries in the Harrisburg area. The purpose of the 500 Men Reading Week is to encourage men to read to elementary students. The honorary chair of the 500 Men Reading Week is Ron Claiborne of ABC Good Morning America. Mr. Claiborne enjoyed his experience in Harrisburg last year so much that he has agreed to be honorary chair again. We are elated to have him join us again. He will be participating on Friday, March 1 in the Harrisburg School District.
Registration for the schools is closed. Men may still sign up to read at East Shore and Fredricksen libraries. The following schools and libraries are participating:
Dauphin County Library System – Monday, February 25, 2013 thru Friday, March 1 during regular scheduled story times and East Shore Area Library. Click here to register to read at East Shore Library on Tuesday, February 26 at 6 p.m.
Fredricksen Public Library – Monday, February 25, 2013 thru Friday, March 1 during regular scheduled story times. Click here to register to read at the Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m.
Central Dauphin School District – Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Susquehanna School District – Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Harrisburg School District (HSD) – Friday, March 1, 2013 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Steelton-Highspire – Friday, March 1, 2013 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Capital Area Head Start – Friday, March 1, 2013 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
New Cumberland Public Library – Monday, February 25, 2013 thru Friday, March 1 during regular scheduled story time and Tuesday, February 26 at 6 p.m.
Joseph T. Simpson Library – Monday, February 25, 2013 thru Friday, March 1 during regular scheduled story times.
On the selected dates, readers will spend about 25 minutes with each group of students. Each reader will visit with three different groups of students. During the visit, readers will share 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 will be chosen.
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.