500 Men Reading Week

500 Men Reading 2015


January 12, 2016

Attention Men:

The 500 Men Reading Week and Career Exploration with Ron Claiborne

The American Literacy Corporation (ALC) announces The 500 Men Reading Week and Career Exploration with Ron Claiborne of ABC Good Morning America and Michael Young of PinnacleHealth as chairman.  The program is held February 29 thru March 5 in school districts and libraries in central PA.  The purpose of the 500 Men Reading Week and Career Exploration is to provide an opportunity for men to read to elementary students and share with middle and high school students about career paths.  Ron Claiborne will participate on Tuesday, March 1st in the Harrisburg School District.

New this year – We are partnering with John Harris High School to send men from various professions to the school to share with the students about career paths. 

Please use the links below to sign up for either the reading at elementary and Middle Schools or the Career Exploration at John Harris High School.  This program can only work with your help.  Please sign up today!

The ALC has coordinated the program since November of 2008.  Last year, approximately 503 men signed up to read. 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.

The 500 Men Reading Week and Career Exploration 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 185,000 children to read.

Thank you for investing in our children and community.  If you have any questions, please contact me at (717) 580-5429 or for the Career Exploration Leland Nelson at (717) 554-0586.



Floyd Stokes                         Mike Young                          Ron Claiborne

Executive Director               CEO, PinnacleHealth         Reporter and Anchor, GMA






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.


Click Here to Register for the 500 Men Reading Week