Category Archives: Events

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    Thank You Summer Volunteers!

    Summer is the busiest time of year for RORKC because our clinics see so many patients! This means that RORKC needs extra help labeling books, collecting gently-used books, and completing other office tasks.  Thankfully, we have had some great volunteers in our office. Check out some of the people and groups we’ve had stop by:

     

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    Carrie is a local high school student who volunteered around our office during the entire month of June. She helped with office tasks and book labeling. Thanks Carrie!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    These 3 students from Northwest Missouri State Kansas City Campus created over 300 of our kindergarten book bags! These bags include important information about beginning school & how to register for Kindergarten. Thank you!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Thank you to the  Primrose Adventure Club! These campers volunteered their afternoon to help label a bunch of books for us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    UMKC Medical Students held a book drive for RORKC this summer, collecting a ton of new and gently used books for our partner clinics. Thank You!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    These campers, from the Jewish Community Center J-Camp, volunteered their morning to help label books.  You guys are awesome!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thank you to all of our summer volunteers!

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    Register Now for our First 5K Run/Walk, Race to Read!

    Reach Out and Read Kansas City (RORKC) is excited to announce our first 5K run on Saturday, August 26th at Swope Park. The 5K race and other kid-friendly activities will begin at 8 am.

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    When: Saturday, August 26th at 8 am

     

    Location: Swope Park (Battle of Westport Visitor Center)
    The race will be a 5K cross country course throughout the park.

     

    Entry Fee: $30
    Runners need to sign up by August 12th to be guaranteed a T-Shirt. There is no cost for kid-friendly events.

     

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    Packet Pickup: 
    Friday, August 25th from 5-7 pm
    Saturday, August 26th starting at 7 am

     

    Schedule on August 26th:
    7 am: Packet Pickup
    8 am: 5K Begins
    9 am: Children Relay Races Begin
    9:30 am: Awards and Raffle Prizes Announced

     

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    Family Fun:
    Starting at 8 am, face painting, and Molly Balloons will be on site for kids and at 9 am relay races will begin. Throughout the entire event, there will be live music provided by Mudflap Mafia.

     

    Sponsorship Opportunities:
    Interested in sponsoring the Race to Read 5K? View more information.

     

    Weather Cancellation Policy:

    The safety of our participants is the most important thing and if any threatening weather conditions are present the day of the event, the event may be delayed or canceled.
    View our Weather Cancellation Policy

     

    Volunteer Opportunities:
    If you would like to learn more about volunteering to read in a clinic with a child or how to volunteer for this race, please contact Jenny Horsley or call 913-588-2793.

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    Summer Reading Programs in KC!

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    Days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, which means one thing: it’s almost summer vacation! While students are rejoicing, it can be a difficult time for parents as they try to prevent the “summer slide”.  This refers to the possible learning setbacks that come as a result of time away from the classroom. Luckily, KC has numerous libraries and educational camps that combat the “summer slide”! We’ve put together a list for you of library programs, summer camps, and events to keep your kids reading this summer!

     

    Library Programs:

     

    Kansas City, Kansas Public Library

    May 15th – July 31st

    Kick-Off Parties: happening at all locations – check out when your branch is having theirs!

    Highlights:

    -Family Story Time

    -Family Movie Nights

    -Practice your reading skills with Reading Education Assistance Dogs

    -Bilingual Craft Times

    View more information.

     

    Kansas City, Missouri Public Library

    Kick-Off Party- May 26th at the Plaza branch with special guest, Jim Cosgrove

    Highlights:

    -Yoga Storytime

    -Rockin’ Rob

    -Exotic Animals R Us  Visit

    View more information

     

    Mid-Continent Library

    May 22nd-July 31st

    Highlights:

    -A Story Time with Royals Mascot, Slugger!

    -Story Times for families, babies and toddlers, and Pre-Schoolers.

    -A visit from the SEA LIFE Mobile Touch Tank

    -Practice your reading skills with Reading Education Assistance Dogs.

    Need more information? View the Mid-Continent Library Website.

     

    Johnson County Public Library:

     May 15th –July 31st

    Highlights:

    -Summer Storytimes

    -Practice your reading skills with Reading Education Assistance Dogs

    -Dinosaur O’Dell’s Build a Better World

    -Family English-Spanish Storytime

    -Marty the Magician’s Magic Workshop

    View more information.

     

    Olathe Public Library

    May 22nd-July 31st

    Kick-Off Party: Tuesday, May 30th, at 10:00 a.m. at Frontier Park in Olathe

    Highlights:

    -Story Time in the Park

    -Family Chess Nights

    -Practice your reading skills with Reading Education Assistance Dogs

    -Family Movie Nights

    -Find Fido Fridays

    View more information.

     

    North Kansas City Public library

    May 27th – August 5th

    Kickoff Party: May 27th

    Highlights:

    -Storytimes are offered 3 times a week (Monday @ 11:00 a.m., Tuesday @ 7:00 p.m., Wednesday @ 11:00 a.m.)

    -Family Programs are every other Saturday at 11:00 a.m

    -Mad Science will present their Build a Better World program.

    -Bricks4Kids, a hands-on LEGO program

    -Animal Tales

    View more information.

     

    Summer Camps:

     

    BOOKISH From ABC Preschool

    June 27-29
    Through the minds and hearts of children, books will be a part of their lives forever. Bookish will open the cover of your child’s imagination by guiding their curiosity with a visit from a real book author, taking a field trip to a real library, writing & illustrating our own books, and delight bringing childhood classics to life with dramatic play.

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    Upper Room:

    June 5th – July 28th

    Summer Camp Daily Schedule:

    8 am – 3:30 pm: Academic instruction time. This includes English Language Arts (ELA) in the morning. Lunch is provided, and the afternoon consists of math and other academic enrichment activities. ELA & Math will be our primary focus during these hours.

    3:30 – 6pm: Various recreation & enrichment activities are offered during this time until parents pick up their child. An afternoon snack is also provided.

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    Turn the Page Summer Reading Event

    June 20th

    Sprint Center

    Join Turn the Page for a FREE summer reading celebration at Sprint Center! Mayor James and Turn the Page KC volunteers will lead an afternoon full of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts, and math – activities. Every child will take home a bag of FREE books and resources

    View the Facebook Event.

     

    Sylvester Powell Community Center

    Ages 0-6 yrs.

    5/1-8/28

    M: 10:00-10:30am

    Story Time with Miss Diann.  Turn your preschooler into an avid reader before they even start school! Reading aloud to young children encourages learning development and helps prepare them for independent reading down the line. Miss Diann will read a story and help children participate in a fun art activity. Parents participation encouraged during art lesson and required for supervision during story time. $1/child, no class 5/29, 7/3

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    Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program:

    1.Read any eight books this summer and record them in this
    Summer Reading Journal. Tell us which part of the book is your
    favorite, and why.
    2.Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between
    May 16th and September 5th, 2017.
    3.Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured
    on the back of the journal
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    Meadow Lane Elementary & Will Shields Are Stuck On Reading!

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    Each school year, Meadow Lane Elementary encourages their students to complete over 200 days of reading. This reading challenge spans the entire year and has a theme.  This year’s theme was “Get Stuck on Reading”.    Throughout the year, students track the amount of time spent reading at home.   If they reach their goal of reading daily for at least 200 days, then they receive a new book from Will Shields, retired Kansas City Chiefs player. These reading rock stars not only hit their goal this year, but many also donated their new, hard earned books to RORKC.  This year, as a school, they donated over 2,000 books and logged over 63,000 days of reading!

     

    The fifth graders receive a special reward for reaching their goal: a pizza party at lunch with Will Shields!

     

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    In the afternoon, the school holds a special assembly, where each fifth grader that reached the goal of 200 days is recognized and receives a signed football from Will Shields.  To thank Will, Meadow Lane closes the assembly with a special song about how much fun it is to read!

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    Thank you to Will Shields and Meadow Lane Elementary!

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    Only One Week Left to Get Tickets for the 20th Birthday Breakfast!

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    Tuesday, April 11th, is the last day to purchase your tickets for RORKC’s 20th Birthday Breakfast.  Get them now, before they’re gone!

     

    To celebrate 20 years of providing literacy advice and over 1 million books to kids in KC, we’re hosting the 20th Birthday Breakfast fundraiser on Thursday, April 20th, from 7:30- 9 am at the Uptown Theater.  Join us for a morning of fun including breakfast, birthday cake, a ceremonial toast by Honorary Hosts, Pamela Miller and Michael Cummings, and entertainment by Jim Cosgrove. Dhomonique Ricks, anchor from FOX-4 TV, will also be joining in on the celebration as the Master of Ceremonies.

     

     

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    Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary: Meet Your Honorary Hosts

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    On Thursday, April 20th,  Reach Out and Read Kansas City will be celebrating our 20th anniversary of providing new and developmentally appropriate books to children at their well-child visits with a Birthday Breakfast. Pamela Miller and Michael Cummings, long-time supporters of RORKC, are our honorary hosts for the breakfast. Recently, we sat down with them to talk about how they became involved with RORKC and why they’ve continued their support over the years.

     

    How did you become involved with RORKC?

     

    Pamela: I was working for the Kansas University Endowment Association at the Medical Center when a colleague of mine told us that Reach Out and Read KC launched and we should all volunteer to read. Reading is a great passion of mine so I was excited to be a part of it. It was so great because you would read to the children in the clinics as they were waiting for their appointment.   You really got familiar with the children books, which was fun because everyone thought I was an expert, but it’s only because I was sitting with the kids and reading aloud to them.

     

    Michael: My wife [Pamela] became a volunteer reader at the start of the program and I saw how much joy she took from reading to the children and the passion she had for reading, so I became involved as well.

     

    Why did you begin investing in Reach Out & Read Kansas City?

     

    Pamela: I love the fact that the mission brings together both pediatric care and encourages families to experience the love of reading.  During the appointment, the doctor can observe the child and their development while they are handling the book. Then they talk to parents about the value of reading and what that can mean for their child’s development and education.

     

    Michael: Reading is so important.  It is a gateway to learning and therefore education. We live in a time where it seems that some leaders don’t think reading is important and some people seem to be averse to learning.  In order to have a rich and full life in this technological age we live in and the economy it creates, learning and education are critical to life’s success.

     

    Why have you continued your support for RORKC over the years?

     

    Pamela: It’s very personal for me because my parents shared their love of reading with me as a child. One of my favorite memories is walking to the North Kansas City library with my mother every week to go get new books. Then at night, my father read the bedtime stories with me. He has this lovely voice and years later when cancer took away his voice through a laryngectomy, I could still hear it in my memories and my dreams.  That is what is so wonderful for parents, being able to have this experience with their children. Children will not just remember reading the book with them. It’s far more than reading a book, it’s more than just words on a page.  They are going to remember the snuggling time with their parents, their scent, their voices, the time that their parent took to be with them. These memories will always encourage their children to read.  I know whenever I would travel for business if I had time to spare I always went to the local library or bookstore and found something new to read.  Reading is something that has always stayed with me.

     

     Michael:  Reading is so important. It’s a passion of mine that started in my childhood.  My parents somehow scrapped together the money to buy a set of encyclopedias – which was a kind of internet of the time- and it had a set of children’s books.  Those books had stories of faraway places and people that really ignited my imagination on rainy days when I couldn’t get outside to play.

    Then as a high school freshman, for an assignment, my teacher suggested that I read On the Beach by Nevil Shute. I procrastinated and so I ended up reading the thing all at once. I was caught up in the story and so affected by it.  That really fueled my love of stories and reading and that love has continued throughout my entire life.

     

     

    Thank you to Pamela Miller and Michael Cummings for sharing your love of reading and for your dedicated support of Reach Out and Read Kansas City for the past 20 years!

     

    Join us on Thursday, April 20th, to enjoy cake, singing, and a special toast to the last 20 years at RORKC’s 20th Birthday Breakfast.  Purchase Tickets.

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    Sponsorships Available for RORKC 20th Birthday Breakfast!

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    2017 is Reach Out & Read Kansas City’s 20th year of providing new, developmentally appropriate books to children and important literacy advice to parents! Because we have something extra special to celebrate, we are replacing our Green Eggs & Ham event with our 20th Birthday Breakfast.

     

    The event will occur on April 20th, 2017 from 7:30-9 am at the Uptown Theater. Coffee and registration will begin at 7am. Ample and adjacent free parking is provided.

     

    Join us in celebrating by becoming a sponsor for the 20th Birthday Breakfast.  Whether you are an individual, small business owner, or representative of a large corporation, we offer a variety of sponsorship levels and benefits.  We also invite gifts made in memory or honor of someone special.  View more information.

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    Season of Giving Shopping Party at STUFF

    Join us on December 6th for an after-hours holiday shopping party at STUFF!  From 5:30-7:00 p.m. STUFF will be open for you to find the perfect holiday gift  and 15% of the evening sales will be donated to Reach Out and Read KC.  Located in Brookside, STUFF specializes in artist originals, handmade gifts, fine art, artisan jewelry,  small batch home and body products, indie cards, stationery & rugs.  Grab some friends and come enjoy some fun holiday shopping for a great cause.

     

    Location:

    316 W 63rd St

    Kansas City, MO 64113

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    Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive

    holiday book driveFrom November 1st to December 31st, help RORKC give children the gift of literacy! Customers at the Town Center Barnes & Noble  are invited to purchase an additional book for Reach Out and Read KC from a selection at the checkout.    Our book coordinator chose the selection to include a variety of books for a range of ages.  These brand new books will be distributed to clinics and provided to children at their well-child visits.

     

    Location:

    Towns Center Barnes & Noble

    4751 West 117th Street

    Leawood, KS 66211

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    Give Books, Win Books: Hold a Giving Tuesday Book Drive

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    We are turning Giving Tuesday upside down by giving you the chance to win one of two gift cards from Barnes & Noble. Between now and Nov. 28, host a gently-used book drive benefiting Reach Out and Read KC and be entered to win a $20 or $30 gift card from Barnes & Noble.

     

    Reach Out and Read KC creates literacy-rich waiting rooms in each of our partner clinics from book donations.    Schools, family gatherings like Thanksgiving, workplaces, and churches are perfect places to collect books.

     

    To qualify for the contest, donations must be a minimum of 25 books and delivered to   the RORKC office by November 28th.  The two winners will be announced on Giving Tuesday, November 29th.

     

    If you are unable to host a book drive, please consider participating in our virtual book drive or make a donation. 

     

    Guidelines for Book Drives:

    New or gently used books that are clean, readable, and have intact covers

    Books for young children (birth to five)

    No Religious Books

    No chapter or adult books

     

    Recommendations:

    Picture Books

    Bilingual or Spanish books

    Board Books

     

    Books must be delivered to our office:

    KU Med Support Services Facility

    2100 W. 36th Ave, Suite 116,

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    Monday-Friday, 8:30-3

     

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    RORKC’s Back-to-School Re-stock Our Bookshelves Campaign

    Reach Out and Read Kansas City's Back-to-School Restock Our Bookshelves Campaign

    Reach Out and Read Kansas City needs your help restocking our bookshelves for the new school year. Last year, we provided books and literacy advice to children from birth to 5 years old at 77,792 well-child checkups. That’s 6,584 more checkups than the previous year!

    Summer is always an especially busy time in our clinics as families get ready for the coming school year. Since we are serving more children than ever, our need for books has increased and our inventory is being depleted. Help us restock our shelves so that we can continue to provide brand-new, developmentally appropriate books for the nearly 30,000 children who we serve each year.

    For just $10, you can provide books and literacy counseling at 2 well-child checkups. Help us reach our goal of $10,000 by September 15. That is 2,000 brand-new books and literacy counseling for children in the Kansas City area.

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    Books on TAP 2016 Tickets Available

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    Reach Out and Read Kansas City’s Fall Fundraiser: Books on TAP

     

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    5pm – 8pm

    1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway
    Mission Woods, Kansas 66205
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    Tickets $25 advance, $35 at the door

    RORKC invites young professionals to attend its 5th annual Books on TAP fall fundraiser on October 19, at the 1900 Building, located at the corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and State Line Road . Come together with friends -old and new- to celebrate RORKC’s mission of preparing our community’s youngest children for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Drinks, light fare and entertainment will be provided.

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    Your ticket includes:
    Appetizers and desserts
    3 Drink coupons
    1 Raffle ticket
    Live entertainment

    Every year, Reach Out and Read Kansas City provides more than 83,000 new, culturally, and developmentally appropriate books and literacy advice to nearly 30,000 low-income children, birth to age 5, and their families during well-child visits at 51 partner clinics located throughout the metro. Through Reach Out and Read, each child can build a 15-book library before they enter kindergarten. For many families, these are the only books in their home. By attending Books On Tap, you are providing enough support to purchase 5 books – a full third of their 15-book library!

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    Dine at 39 Rainbow Restaurants to Benefit RORKC

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    Dine at select 39th and Rainbow Blvd restaurants during the month of July and RORKC will receive a portion of the proceeds. Eateries include Five Guys Burgers and Fries, topp’d pizza and salads, IHOP, Subway, and Pita Pit (to open in late July).

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    Also, bring your new or gently used book donations to the 39th and Rainbow Holiday Inn Express lobby for our month-long book drive!

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    Thank you to LANE4 property group and Page Communications, as well as our neighbors at 39Rainbow for making this happen!

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    Hooked on Books Donations Benefit Local Agencies

    HOB Sorting 40  This year’s Hooked On Books Challenge collected more than 24,000 gently used books to be redistributed to kids who need them throughout our community. 19 area schools participated in the annual book drive during January and February. All the books were sorted and distributed in March.  Almost 10,000 books went to waiting rooms in  Reach Out and Read’s 52 partner clinics.  The rest were distributed to local agencies including W.E.B. Dubois Learning Center, The Urban Scholastic Center, The Upper Room, Literacy Kansas City, and several schools in KCK.

    41 volunteers joined us over two Saturdays in March to sort 250+ boxes of books by age/reading level, repackage them, and load them onto pallets and trucks for distribution. A special thank you to the Junior League of Kansas City for their help with collection and sorting; to the Kansas City Star for printing and storage; and to Vanguard Packaging for providing boxes. Thanks also to Serve KC, Cerner, and our all of our wonderful community volunteers for donating your time and muscle!

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    10th Annual Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast: A HUGE Success!

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    We had a fantastic time at the 10th Annual Green Eggs & Ham breakfast. Over 300 people attended, and we raised $70,000 and counting. That’s 14,000 books that kids in the Kansas City area will receive at our clinics! If you missed the opportunity to contribute, it is not too late: Donate here.
    We also heard a wonderful keynote speech from Dr. Dipesh Navsaria. Access the presentation slides here.
    Thanks again to our top level sponsors: The Walsh Family and Kelly Family Foundations in honor of Betty Keith; Pamela Miller and Michael Cummings in honor of Mary Jo Williams; Hallmark Cards, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; and to all other sponsors, table hosts and supporters. Because of you, Green Eggs & Ham 2016 was a huge success and tons of fun.

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    Hooked on Books 2016 Winner Announced

    Our winner for the 2016 Hooked on Books drive is Clear Creek Elementary School! They collected 6711 books,
    for an average of 13.4 books per student.

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    Hooked on Books is our annual city-wide book drive and friendly competition between schools. It originated 17 years ago as a joint initiative of the Junior League of Kansas City and the KC Star. Reach Out and Read KC adopted the program in 2010, and it has continued to be a successful book collection program over the years.

     

    The winning school is determined by the ratio of books collected per student, and the winning school receives bragging rights, a $500 gift certificate courtesy of RORKC and Scholastic Books, a celebration assembly, and a teacher gift basket courtesy of California Pizza Kitchen. All participants receive a bookmark and a coupon for a free kid’s pizza at California Pizza Kitchen.

     

    This year, we had 19 schools and Rainy Day Books collect a grand total of 24,033 books that will be given to RORKC clinics as well as multiple local nonprofits and schools. With the help of the Junior League of Kansas City and the KC Star, we will be sorting and distributing these books to local agencies during the month of March.

     

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    RORKC Celebrates Dr. Seuss Week

    Happy 112th Birthday Dr. Seuss!

    To celebrate the life and literary accomplishments of Dr. Seuss, Reach Out and Read KC had a number of local celebrities read in our clinics.

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    Gary Amble from KCTV5 at Samuel U. Rodgers

    Lisa Teachman from KCTV5 at Samuel Rodgers Westside

     

     

     

     

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    Lewis Diuguid from the Kansas City Star at Children’s Mercy Hospital West

     

    Thank you to all our special readers, our amazing clinics, and to our volunteer readers who help us celebrate reading aloud every day!

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    Reach Out and Read Night at California Pizza Kitchen

    You are invited to Reach Out and Read night at California Pizza Kitchen on Tuesday, March 1st from 4:30-9:30pm. Not only will there be many kinds of delicious pizza, but a percentage of the proceeds will benefit Reach Out and Read KC. Join us for dinner or order take out or catering for the evening while supporting RORKC. We hope to see you there!

    Address: 11655 Ash Street, Leawood, Kansas 66211
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    Meet Dr. Dipesh Navsaria

    We are delighted to have Dr. Dipesh Navsaria as our keynote speaker for the 10th Annual Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast on March 4th. Tickets to the event are available now.

    Dr. Navsaria is the Medical Director for Reach Out and Read Wisconsin. He is a pediatrician with experience as a children’s librarian, a professor of pediatrics, and an advocate for children’s health.  Dr. Navsaria also has more degrees than a thermometer and wears really excellent bow ties.

     

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    Last year, Dr. Navsaria and Dr. Amy Shriver co-authored a report titled “The Elephant in the Clinic,” describing the Reach Out and Read program’s various benefits. At this year’s Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast, Dr. Navsaria will speak about this report. It is sure to be fun and informative, so you won’t want to miss it! Reserve your seat now:

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    (Photo credits: Sarah Rose Smiley, www.schaharazad.carbonmade.com)

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    International Book Giving Day

    February 14th is not just a day to give candy and flowers to your loved ones–it is also a day focused on encouraging people worldwide to give books to children. International Book Giving Day started as a joint effort between book-lovers in the US and UK in 2012, and it has spread worldwide since then. This year, all of us at Reach Out and Read KC want to make a special effort to celebrate this day, and need your help! Here are three ways you can enjoy International Book Giving Day:

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    Read a book with your loved ones. Set aside some time to relax and get comfy with a good book to share with your favorite kiddos. Let us know which book you shared by tweeting us @rorkc!

     

     

    Print free bookmarks and bookplates from the International Book Giving Day website.

     

     

    Donate to Reach Out and Read KC and we will do the work for you! We will use your donation to order and deliver age-appropriate books for children who visit our clinics for well-child check-ups. Click here to donate, and enter “International book giving day” in the special instructions section. $60 will provide a whole course of books for one child–that’s 15 books!

     

     

    The benefits of reading to children are numerous, and we appreciate any and all the work you do to bring about these benefits. We hope you find some time to read and enjoy this year’s International Book Giving Day!

     

     

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    10th Annual Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast Speakers Announced!

    ds2The 10th Annual Green Eggs and Ham breakfast to benefit Reach Out and Read KC is coming up on Friday, March 4 from 7:30-9am. This is our biggest event of the year! Tickets are on sale now for $60 each, and the last day to get your ticket is February 26. purchase

    With contributions from generous individuals and organizations, income from past years’ events have provided as much as ¼ of the organization’s annual income and allowed us annually to deliver over 76,000 new developmentally appropriate children’s books to nearly 30,000 children between the ages of 0 and 5 years old, along with prescriptive early learning advice to parents at 71,000+ well child visits in our 52 partner clinics located throughout greater Kansas City. In addition to supporting a fantastic cause, this breakfast is a lot of fun! Check out this year’s lineup:

    Keynote Speaker Guest Reader Guest Reader Master of Ceremonies
    Dipesh Navsaria Bryan Busby Neville Miller John Holt
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    Reach Out and Read Wisconsin
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    Honorary Hosts: David Oliver, Cemal Gungor, Richard Hu, and John Minnis

    Complimentary parking is provided, and a map of the location can be found here. Registration and coffee begins at 7:00am. We look forward to seeing you there!

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    Hooked on Books 2016 is Underway!

    Hooked on Books is back for 2016!

    Between January 11 and February 19, schools throughout the metropolitan area will collect new and gently used books for disadvantaged children ages newborn to 14. The books will then be redistributed to schools and other nonprofit organizations.

    All students at participating schools receive a bookmark and coupon for a free kids pizza at California Pizza Kitchen, and the winning classroom is entered into a drawing to win a pizza party from CPK, along with bragging rights, and a $500 gift certificate from Scholastic Books! Winners will be announced at our annual Green Eggs and Ham breakfast on March 4.

    There is still the chance to get involved! If you would like to volunteer as a school liaison, contact Jenny at Jhorsley@kumc.edu. For nonprofit organizations and schools serving at-risk children, apply to be a book recipient. For further information, visit our event page.

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    Holiday Party Book Drives

    party‘Tis the season for holiday parties! If you are hosting a party and would like to encourage the spirit of giving, consider having a holiday party book drive: Have your guests bring one or more kids’ books to donate to Reach Out and Read KC.

     

     

     

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    Season of Giving Shopping Party Dec. 14

    stuffJoin us at STUFF in Brookside for a holiday shopping party benefiting Reach Out and Read Kansas City. Our wonderful friends Casey & Sloane are breaking out the m&m’s and vino and staying open late so you can pick up the perfect holiday gift. Even better, they’re donating 15% of the evening’s proceeds to RORKC! STUFF specializes in artist originals, handmade gifts, fine art, artisan jewelry, small batch home and body products, indie cards, stationery & rugs. Grab a friend and stop by after work for some holiday cheer. You’re certain to find something special for your friends, loved ones, and even yourself. ‘Tis the Season of Giving at our favorite store, STUFF!

    View the Facebook event here.

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    Giving Tuesday at Reach Out and Read

    We invite you to support Reach Out and Read KC on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2015!

     

    We have a day for giving thanks, two days for getting deals, and now a day for giving back. Since its inaugural year in 2012, Giving Tuesday has grown to become a global day of giving observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here are some ways you can help Reach Out and Read KC this year on Giving Tuesday:

     

    2015-Only-Way-to-Give-300x300Make a gift online and mention Giving Tuesday in the “Special Instructions” section.
    Click here to donate to Reach Out and Read KC.

     

    Volunteer. Get involved by applying to volunteer in our office or in our clinics throughout the year.
    Click here to apply as a volunteer.

     

    Host a book drive. Reach Out and Ready Kansas City is always seeking new and gently-used children’s books to distribute to children in need. What better way to collect these books than by hosting a book drive benefiting Reach Out and Read Kansas City?
    Click here to learn more about hosting a book drive.

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    Post an #UNSELFIE on twitter or Instagram. Take a “selfie” with a captions (or have it on a card in the picture) explaining how or why you are giving to Reach Out and Read. Be sure to use the hashtags #UNselfie and #GivingTuesday and tag us @rorkc.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Holiday Book Drive at Barnes & Noble

    Once again the fine folks at Barnes and Noble, Oak Park Mall are hosting a holiday book drive for Reach Out and Read KC, going on now through the end of December. The brand new books for this drive were selected by our book coordinator, Janice, and are literally ‘just what the doctor ordered.’ They will be distributed to our clinics and given to children as part of their well-child checkup early next year.

     

    Show your holiday spirit by visiting Barnes and Noble in Oak Park Mall and donate a book (or host a book drive of your own) so that every child in Kansas City can enjoy a book of their own this winter.

    Planning on participating? Already donated a book and want to tell us about it? Visit our Facebook Event Page.

     

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    Green Eggs & Ham – SAVE THE DATE

    You would not, could not want to miss, a Celebration such a this!

    So mark your calendars for our 10th annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, Friday, March 4, 2016, from 7:30 to 9:00am.

    Join honorary hosts David Field Oliver, Cemal Umut Gungor, Richard Hu, and John P. Minnis as we return to the Crown Center Exhibit Hall for the tenth anniversary of our funtabulous signature event. Contact Mark for information about how you or your business can become a sponsor of this event. It is great exposure to an audience of 400 guests, and throughout our community. Email Jenny if you’d like to help with planning or setting/cleaning up on the day of the event, and stay tuned for more exciting details.

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    ‘Books On Tap’ Record Breaking Success

    You did it! Because of amazing volunteers and supporters like you, a new fundraising record was set for our ‘Books On Tap’ special event (formerly known as Books and Brews.) Through generous sponsorships, donated event space from the Kansas City Public Library, and amazing food, drinks, and raffle items contributed by dozens of local businesses – not to mention ticket sales to over 200 attendees – you came together and raised over $7,600 to support Reach Out and Read KC. That means over 1500 new books can be purchased and delivered through this truly volunteer led event. We thank Tingle Flooring, Henderson Engineers, and TranSystems for sponsoring the event, but most of all we give high-fives, handshakes, and hugs to committee co-chairs Liz Megli and Kayla Boal and to the entire outstanding committee!

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    Books On Tap – Sept 23rd 2015

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    Tickets are on sale now for Books On Tap, Reach Out and Read Kansas City’s party with a purpose for young professionals supporting children’s literacy and kindergarten readiness.

     

    For just $25 in advance ($35 at the door), your ticket includes:
    * an assortment of appetizers,
    * three drink coupons,
    * one raffle ticket,
    * off-street parking, and
    * live music by Them Pick-less Fools.
    By attending Books On Tap, you are providing enough funds to purchase 5 books for a child  served by our program.

    Special thanks to our event sponsors, Tingle Flooring and Henderson Engineers, Inc. Follow our event page on Facebook for updates on vendors, entertainment, and sponsors.

    Buy Your Ticket Today

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    SAVE THE DATE for Books on Tap-Sept. 23, 2015

    Mark your calendars for our 4th annual friend-raising and networking
    event for young professionals,

     Save the Date

    Books on Tap, Wednesday, September 23, 2015,
    from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

    Formerly known as Books and Brews, this year’s event has a new name but will
    take place in a familiar setting, the stunning rooftop event space of the
    downtown branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Stay tuned for updates,
    sponsorship opportunities, and ticket information coming soon.

    Want to get involved? Drop us a line if you’d like to help with planning or
    setting /cleaning up on the day of the event.

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    Summer Reading Celebration July 15, 2015

    We are SUPER excited to be partnering with KCMO Mayor Sly James and Turn the Page KC to help present
    “Every Hero Has A Story: A Summer Reading Celebration!” at the Sprint Center

    July 15 from 11:45 AM -2:00 PM.

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    The event is FREE and open to the public, but a ticket for all attending is required. Visit the
    mayor’s website for more information and to reserve your place.

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    Meet Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner

    “Any child in this world cannot succeed without reading and I think parents have to understand that they’re the ones that are capable and have the ability to open the doors for their children.”

     
    Meet the inspiring Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, one of two special guest readers for the 9th Annual Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast, in this video interview as she shares her beliefs on early literacy and the vital importance of reading.  Buy tickets now!

     

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    Green Eggs & Ham Speakers Announced

    The 9th Annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast benefiting Reach Out and Read Kansas City is quickly approaching, Friday, March 6th, 7:30-9:00am at the Sheraton Crown Center Exhibit Hall. In addition to being a lot of fun, this is a hugely important event for us. Last year, your support provided a fourth of our annual budget and helped us provide 76,495 new books and prescriptive early literacy advice to 29,836 at-risk children and families.

     

    Tickets are on sale now and going fast – get yours todayIndividual tickets starting at $60, must be purchased by Friday, February 27th. Register to sponsor a table or make a tax-deductible donation here

     

    We are thrilled to announce this year’s speakers, entertainment, and guests:

     

    Keynote Speaker Guest Reader Guest Reader Master of Ceremonies
    David Warm Bryan Busby Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner John Holt
    Executive Director,
    Mid-America Regional Council
    KMBC-TV Deputy Executive Director,
    Kansas City Public Library
    FOX-4 TV

     

    Complimentary parking is provided. Registration and coffee service will begin at 7:00. As you arrive enjoy musical entertainment from students of St. Teresa’s Academy and Rockhurst High School. Rumor has it Cat and Fish from The Coterie’s upcoming production of “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” will also be making a special appearance.

     

    Come join the party, and do a good deed. Books at home help kids to succeed! 

     

    For more information please contact Executive Director Mark Mattison at 913-588-3073 or mmattison@kumc.edu.

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    Hooked on Books Is Back

    Hooked on Books Mouse Logo jpgImagine growing up and not having a book to call your own. That’s the reality for many children in the Kansas City area. Our local schools, however, are helping change that by joining our 2015 Hooked on Books School Challenge.

     

    Between January 12th and February 27th, schools throughout the metropolitan area will collect new and gently used books for disadvantaged children ages newborn to 14. “Many children, as well as adults, take owning a book for granted,” says Nancy Fuller, Reach Out and Read Kansas City’s Hooked on Books Chair. “The drive is a fun, simple way for children to help children and to raise greater awareness about literacy in our community.”

     

    It’s easy to get involved. Complete an online application to be a school participant in the challenge. Donate your time and register to be a Hooked on Books volunteer. For nonprofit organizations and schools serving at-risk children, apply to be a book recipient. For further information, visit our event page or contact Nancy Fuller, Hooked on Books Chair, at 913-940-8219.

     
    The school that collects the most books per student within the designated time period will be recognized at our 9th Annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast on March 6th. In addition, the winning school will be awarded a $500 Scholastic Books gift certificate and an assembly celebrating their accomplishment. The biggest winners of all, however, are the disadvantaged children. Without your school’s participation, they may not realize the joy of having a book to call their own.

     

    “I think both Hooked on Books and Reach Out and Read Kansas City are key players in improving literacy and access to books for some of the neediest children in Kansas City,” says Fuller. In fact, over the past 15 years, nearly 795,000 books have been collected through the school challenge and distributed to agencies and schools serving lower-income families.

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    Fall Fundraising Campaign Kicks Off

    For just $60 you can contribute to a child’s lifetime of success.

    Join Reach Out and Read Kansas City in our mission today and help us provide books to thousands of children who need them tomorrow. Donate here

     

    Every night before she goes to sleep, five-year-old Olivia runs to her book shelf and pulls out her favorite book, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. It takes her less than two minutes to get situated comfortably in her mom’s lap before she hands the book over and says she is ready to read. As her mom begins the story, Olivia soon chimes in line by line, word by word. You see, the book Olivia is so excited to read is a very special book she received at her three-year-old well child checkup from her pediatrician. She has read the story at least two hundred times, but that doesn’t matter. Every night before bed, she gets to escape into the story and become one of the characters, she gets to leave the real world and become part of the book’s fantasy world. Olivia may only be five, but thanks to Reach Out and Read Kansas City, she has already developed a love of reading and is ready to enter kindergarten and succeed.

     

    This is just one success story from Reach Out and Read Kansas City. There are 29,000 more stories of kids just like Olivia who are learning to love books and reading. It is our hope you will help us ensure these children continue to have books to call their own. We want to make sure children enter kindergarten ready to learn, and with your help we can do that. No matter the size of your gift– $5 to sponsor a new book or $60 to sponsor a child throughout the five year program or $250 to sponsor a small clinic–you are making a difference in the lives of Kansas City kids.

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    Guest Blog- Party With a Purpose at 3rd Annual Books & Brews Event

    The following post is a guest blog from Libby Hastert, an online content writer, and a volunteer, close friend, and supporter of Reach Out and Read Kansas City. To view her original post on her own blog, please click here.

     

    “I grew up with books. Literally sitting on them in the classroom and sleeping on them during naptime. Before I could even read, I had an innate understanding of what books represented.

     

    Teachers had them. Librarians had them. My parents and older sisters had them.

     

    Other things these individuals had? Intelligence and independence. So, naturally, I deduced that reading books equated to power. And I wasn’t too off base. Reading books ushers in an exciting world of possibilities that stems from newfound knowledge — knowledge acquired from reading books.

     

    The funny thing about my obsession with books is how much I struggled with reading at an early age. It wasn’t my missing two front teeth, knocked out on the Jungle Gym, that kept me fumbling over sentences, though. For whatever reason, I was a late bloomer when it came to reading. Fortunately for me, I had parents, teachers, tutors, and older sisters to show me the way, introducing me to the mischievous adventures of “Junie B. Jones” and so many other action-packed titles.

     

    Sadly, we live in a world where many children — our very own Kansas City youth included — don’t have the access to the overabundance of resources I had. In fact, many do not even have books to call their own.

     

    Why Children’s Literacy  Matters

     

    According to the National Education Association (NEA), children from families below the poverty line are less likely to experience daily, in-home reading. In another study, the NEA discovered that in-home reading plays an instrumental role in healthy child development and enhanced reading proficiency.

     

    What makes the absence of reading so problematic?

     

    What’s most concerning about this phenomenon, is that the early years of child development have a large impact on the learners children become.

     

    “Children develop much of their capacity for learning in the first three years of life, when their brains grow to 90 percent of their eventual adult weight,” reported the U.S. Department of Education.

     

    As a result, the absence of reading becomes a problem for many kids well before the school years begin. With many children not having access to the basic necessities they need to flourish, promoting literacy through local programs like Reach Out & Read – Kansas City (RORKC) is more important than ever.

     

    Party With a Purpose

     

    As somebody who was fortunate enough to have a collection of books so large it poured off the bookshelves, onto the floor and into my bed, I can appreciate the wonderful efforts RORKC makes annually. And as a proud volunteer, I’ll take a moment to brag.

     

    RORKC annually provides over 72,000 new books for more than 28,000 low-income children who are 0-5 years old. Book donations are issued during well-child visits at our local, partner clinic sites. Children in the program ultimately acquire a 13-book library before entering the education system. 

     

    Books & Brews

     

    Fundraising isn’t all bubbly and door prizes. However, twice a year we host events, designed to raise money and awareness about children’s literacy in the Kansas City area. This week, Kansas Citians have the opportunity to party for a purpose at our 3rd annual Books & Brews fundraiser.

     

    Below is the scoop on the upcoming, not-to-be-missed event.

     

    Who: 

    You’ll find lots of book-loving folks who want to drink beer while promoting literacy.

     

    When:

    Friday, September 26, 2014, at 5 pm sharp.

     

    Where:

    The Kansas City Public Library Central Branch. Snacks, libations, and a raffle will be held inside, and a beer garden party, underneath the lights of the Kansas City skyline, will be located on the rooftop.

     

    What:

    Party with a purpose. Our third annual Books & Brews event comes complete with an evening of libations, tasty bites, and a fun raffle and door prizes.

     

    Drinking beer is fun, but you can do that any other night of the week.  Drinking beer and raising money for children’s literacy is awesome, and it’s something you can only enjoy one night a year.

     

    To attend this evening of entertainment, click the link and make your donation in the form of a ticket purchase”

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    A Great Experience: Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast

    After months of preparation, Green Eggs and Ham finally took place this past Friday. As a staff-member for Reach Out and Read KC, I was able to experience the event from the very start to the very finish, and what a transformation it was! We turned the Westin Ballroom into a whimsical, rhythmical, magical place, bringing the magic of Dr. Seuss to life. It was my first time at Green Eggs and Ham so even though we arrived at the Westin bright and early at 5am to help set up, I was too excited to even think about being tired.  For months I heard stories about the breakfast from years past, and I knew that after all the planning and work we put into this year’s breakfast, it was supposed to be bigger and better than years past.

     

    As guests enjoyed a lovely, gourmet version of green eggs and ham, they were entertained by Bryan Busby and Reverend Adam Hamilton who hysterically read the actual book to the audience. I definitely was not expecting those voices out of Bryan Busby! He read the story in an array of hilarious voices from Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Chewbacca and Sponge Bob Square Pants. I stood in the back of the room to watch the action take place, and couldn’t contain my laughter, they did a wonderful job making the entire room smile. After the audience was moved to laughter, Superintendent Jim Hinson  gave a captivating and eye opening speech about why the kids of Kansas City need our help. After his emotional speech, our Executive Director Megan took the stage and gave a wonderful speech about the importance of children’s literacy. I hope all the guests in attendance were as moved as I was listening to these speeches, they both really hit home and spoke about how every child deserves to reach their full potential.

     

    Once  the speeches were over, it was time to wrap up the breakfast. I don’t think an hour and a half has ever gone by so fast before. When the last of the guests made their way out of the ballroom, it was time to pack up everything and head back to the office to see the rough estimate of how much money was raised. As it turns out, the 8th Annual Green Eggs and Ham breakfast really was bigger and better than any other year! We raised over $87,000 dollars, which is a huge accomplishment for Reach Out and Read KC. I am extremely happy that not only did I get to experience the best Green Eggs and Ham yet, but that I was able to contribute to the preparation and planning. The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast will be an experience I will never forget and I am beyond excited that all the money raised will go toward supporting kids in need!