Harrah’s Las Vegas Headliner and Comedy-Magician Mac King made a special visit to four local at-risk elementary schools as part of Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour: Nevada Reading Week 2016.
Pictured: Mac King reading an excerpt from Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar to the students at Sunrise Acres Elementary School during Nevada Reading Week on March 2, 2016. Each student at the school received their very own book to take home courtesy of Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour.
King held assemblies at each school, reading short stories to the students, performing tricks from his show and discussing the importance of reading. During his scheduled visits, King hand-delivered books collected from book drives held throughout the month of February at Savers of Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Egg Works, The Egg & I, The Las Vegas Museum of Natural History and Darling Tennis Center. Book donations were distributed to the students that attend the local elementary schools selected by The Public Education Foundation.
“To everyone who supported the Mac King Magical Literacy Tour 2016, I’d like to give a mighty big thanks,” said King. “With the community’s support this year, we put more than 3,500 books straight into the hands of kids in at-risk schools in Las Vegas during Nevada Reading Week. I greatly enjoyed sharing my love of reading with my new pals and their enthusiasm was priceless. I look forward to continuing my Magical Literacy Tour in 2017 and want to encourage students all across the valley to Read More Books!”
Stops on Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour in March included Cyril Wengert Elementary School, Sunrise Acres Elementary School, Gene Ward Elementary School and West Prep Elementary School.
Mac King has been a long-time supporter of childhood literacy. For years, King has visited Las Vegas elementary schools to highlight the importance of literacy to students. In 2011, King launched Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour, a citywide literacy program to encourage reading for Las Vegas school children. Since then, Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour has collected more than 25,000 books for local elementary school students.