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Race To Read


Join us for our first 5K run on Saturday, August 26th at Swope Park. 

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.








Packet Pickup:
Swope Park (Battle of Westport Visitor Center)
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

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.

View the Weather Cancellation Policy

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Interested in sponsoring Race to Read?  Learn more.

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.

Questions about the run?
Contact us at racetoread@rorkc.org or 913-735-7323.

Books On Tap



Reach Out and Read Kansas City's Fall Fundraiser: Books On Tap

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
5:00- 8:00 PM
Location: 1900 Building

Interested in joining the Books On Tap 2017 Planning Committee? Contact Jenny.


Hooked on Books

Hooked on Books



Hooked on Books is an annual book drive competition for schools throughout the metro that takes place in January and February. The school that the collects the most new and gently used books wins bragging rights, a $500 gift certificate from Scholastic Books, and representatives from your school will be invited to Reach Out and Read's annual Breakfast. More importantly, this effort provides a great opportunity for kids to help kids. All books collected are sorted and redistributed to ROR and other organizations and schools needing books.


Thank you to all of the schools that participated! Hooked On Books 2017 collected over 24,000 gently used books for RORKC and other literacy organizations across Kansas City.  Congratulations to Manchester Park Elementary for collecting the most books of any school!


To sign up to participate or receive books from Hooked On Books 2018, check back in October 2017.

20th Birthday Breakfast





Thank you to all who attended our 20th Birthday Breakfast on April 20th, 2017.  A special thank you to Jim Cosgrove, Dhomonique Ricks, and Honorary Hosts, Pamela Miller and Michael Cummings.

View photos from the Birthday Breakfast

Watch the Birthday Breakfast Video

If you were unable to attend but would like to support our mission, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. 


Thank you to our Sponsors:

Gold Balloon:
Pamela Miller and Michael Cummings

Silver Balloon:




















Blue Balloon:
Laura and Lewis Gregory
Pam Madaus and William McLean
















Green Balloon:
Sallie Page-Goertz and Kenneth Goertz
Donald J. Hall