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  • Race to Read

    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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    Celebrating our 20th Anniversary: An Interview with Michelle

    IMG_4953Michelle is a second grader with a passion for reading.   “As soon as I get home from school, I like to go to my room and read,”  she states proudly.  Her family helped develop this love by reading aloud to her starting at birth.  They did this because of the books and literacy advice they received from their medical provider through the Reach Out and Read KC program.   Michelle was one of the nearly 30,000 children in KC that receives new books from their medical provider each year.

     

    After she started receiving the RORKC books, her father built a special bookshelf to store them.  Michelle is now 8 years old and no longer receives brand new books from her medical provider, but does take gently used books from the waiting room to continue her library.  “When I get a new book and I finish reading it, I put it on a bookshelf that my daddy made to keep it safe from other kids.”  said Michelle.

     

    Michelle loves reading because it’s fun! When asked about her favorite kinds of books, she responds, “I like books that make me laugh a lot and smile.  I like books about animals, princesses, all  kinds of books. ”

     

    Her family has also transitioned from solely reading aloud to her, to having Michelle practice reading aloud to them.  “I love reading aloud with my family because it makes them happy and it helps me become a better reader, ” Michelle says.

     

    We love your passion for reading Michelle!

     

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    Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary: We Love Our Volunteers!

    Volunteers are vital to the mission of Reach Out and Read Kansas City.  With a small staff, we rely on volunteers to help make our program successful. In celebration of National Volunteer Month, we’re highlighting  3 volunteers that make our program great.  Sally, Carol, and Justin are volunteer readers at different partner clinics throughout KC.  Our volunteer readers help create a literacy-rich environment by sharing books with children and modeling good reading behaviors for their families.

     

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    Sally began volunteering  15 years ago after retiring from her job as an English teacher. While looking for a volunteer opportunity, her friend suggested she get involved with RORKC.  Since then, she’s been sharing books with families at CMH Special Care Clinic a few times a week.

     

     

    On the importance of making reading fun:  During my visit to the clinic to meet Sally,  I was able to watch her in action.  This morning the clinic was busy and there were two boys sitting near the reading table.  When Sally approached them, they told her they didn’t like to read.  That is until Sally brought over 3 different books, one about the heroes of 9/11, one about different cars, and one about the ocean.  By the time they were called into their doctor, they were enthralled in their books. Sally works hard to make sure that every child finds a book that they can enjoy in the waiting room.  “Reading is important and should be fun, that’s why I tried to give each of the boys a few options,” Sally told me.

     

    Why she enjoys volunteering: “Being a retired English teacher, I think its important to share about early literacy and I also enjoy  meeting new families in the clinic and get to continue to build relationships with them as they come repeatedly over the years”

     

     

     

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    About 6 years ago, Carol, retired from teaching Kindergarten and was looking for a volunteer opportunity that involved children and literacy.  She came across an ad for a volunteer orientation at RORKC and signed up! Since then, she’s been a dedicated reader at a few of our clinics, setting up the reading table.  Carol also writes the Spanish translation in English books underneath the words because she sees a large number of families who need bilingual books where she volunteers.

     

    Favorite Book to Share: Green Eggs & Ham

     

    On the importance of reading: “As a kindergarten teacher for many years, I’m aware of how important early literacy and school readiness are. I believe that the involvement of community volunteers in clinic settings, where the authority of the physicians adds importance, is very effective.”

     

    Why she continues to volunteer with RORKC:  “Recently a newly-arrived immigrant family who spoke only Swahili came in so their youngest child could get a physical to enroll in school, the person accompanying them explained. Although the sweet little girl was very solemn and shy, she was attracted to the reading table and understood through gestures that she could choose a book and a toy to keep. It’s heartwarming moments like these that make me grateful for this opportunity!”

     

     

     

    Justin is a volunteer reader at Samuel Rodgers Health Clinic.  He first became involved with RORKC about 10 years ago when he was looking for a way to give back to his community.  He came across an ad for volunteer reading and the rest is history.

     

    Favorite book to share: The Foot Book (or anything by Dr. Seuss)

     

    On reading in the clinic: “Sometimes kids can be hesitant or nervous, but then I really try to engage them and interact with them and the story and then they really usually start to open up and really enjoy it”

     

    On why he enjoys volunteer reading: “I  want to set a good example for parents in the clinics.  Before they even see the doctor they can have a positive impact in the waiting room. It’s just a great way for them to experience fun reading.  That is my main goal is to interact with them and have them engaged in the stories. I want them to have a good experience and demonstrate that reading is fun. Plus I have a great time. Normally I don’t want to leave, especially if it’s a busy day!”

     

     

     

    Thank you to Sally, Carol, and Justin for volunteering their time to share books and their love of reading with children in KC!

    Interested in volunteering with Reach Out and Read Kansas City? From volunteer reading to serving on an event committee, we have plenty of opportunities for those trying to make a difference in the community.  For more information about volunteering, contact Jenny.

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    We Asked, You Answered; Your Dollars at Work

    Last December we sent up the bat signal asking for your help in our end-of-the-year appeal. Like the super heroes you are, you answered our call and we were overwhelmed by your response. We are so thankful for your dedication and continued support which allows us to ensure Kansas City children are prepared to enter school ready to succeed.Over the last several weeks, you have contributed nearly $5500! 

    This means 1100 new books and early literacy advice will be reaching the hands of local children. Wow!

     

    We would like to give special recognition to two outstanding contributors for their donation of $1000 each, which single-handedly will provide 400 children with new books and early literacy advice! Thank you Kris & Frank Cappo and Baby & Child Associates for your generosity. We are so grateful to everyone that has contributed, allowing us to impact the lives of community children.

     

    Super Hero Contributors:

    Bethene Gregg                                            Joy Winter                                            Sally Clark
    Brenda Pfannenstiel                                    Larry A. Rues                                       Stephanie & Richard Grinage
    Brian & Sarah Bracco                                  Lavonne Ridder                                    Sue Von Geyso
    Bryce Dickmeyer                                         Lisa Riojas                                            Susan Conner
    Carolyn & Ken Sabatini                               Lynn Hardy                                           Suzanne & Paul Koontz
    Cynthia & Michael Fry                                 Marny & John Sherman                        Sylvan & Merna Siegler
    Don & Luella Farmer                                   Mary Brink                                            Sylvia Coles
    Esther Sunderland                                      Maureen & Bill Berkley                         Tasanaporn Pitiyanuvath
    Jean Hiersteiner                                          Nancy Spangler                                    W. Mitchell & Dorothy Elliott
    Jill & Brannan Riffel                                     Pam & Greg Shaw
    Jo E Denton                                                Roger Lambson & Victoria Thomas