Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour launches in Las Vegas with a mission to promote childhood literacy and provide more reading opportunities for children. Additionally, by increasing public awareness of the literacy issues in the area Mac King hopes to get more people in the community actively involved to help foster the love of reading and spread the message that reading is a vital and a necessary tool for success.
“With literacy rates at an all-time low, it is more important than ever to focus our efforts to help solve the literacy problem and encourage children to read. For years I’ve been visiting local elementary schools and advocating the importance of reading and now with Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour I hope to have even more of an impact,” said Mac King, Harrah’s, Las Vegas headliner.
Las Vegas Wranglers Kick-Off Event
Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour is teaming up with the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team to kick-off the initiative and to launch a book drive. The book drive events will take place at the Orleans Arena on February 4 & 5 at 7:05 p.m. Anyone who donates a minimum of three new or slightly used elementary school aged books will receive two complimentary tickets to see The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s, Las Vegas and one ticket to a future Wranglers game of their choice. Proceeds and book donations will benefit Clark County Reads READS an initiative of The Public Education Foundation.
Additionally, for the Feb. 11 Wrangler home game, anyone purchasing a ticket with a Mac King discount flyer will receive $7.50 off a $17.50 ticket with $3.50 going to Clark County READS.
Nevada Reading Week
During Nevada Reading Week, Feb. 28 – Mar. 4, Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour will be making stops at four at-risk elementary schools where King will personally deliver books collected from the book drive. During the tour’s scheduled stops King will also perform tricks from his show and read a few short stories.
“Reading is very important to me because it literally changed my life,” said King. “One of the reasons I became a magician is because I found my calling in books. I want every child to have the same opportunity and explore new worlds and ideas through the magic of reading so that they too can find their passion in life.”
In the past, King has visited local elementary schools to perform some of his magic tricks and to engage the students by reading a few short stories. At the end of each visit he donates an autographed copy of his book to the school library.
About Mac King
Mac King has been recognized with numerous accolades including “Favorite Male Las Vegan,” and “Best Bargain Show” by the Las Vegas-Review Journal 2009 “Best of Las Vegas” readers’ poll, “Funniest Act in Magic Today” by Magic Magazine, Magician of the Year by The Magic Castle, and “Entertainer of the Year” by the Las Vegas Weekly “Readers Choice Awards.” King, one of today’s brightest and most talented magicians, takes the stage twice daily, Tuesday through Saturday, at Harrah’s Las Vegas at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Showroom Theatre. Tickets are $24.95 plus tax. Additional information on The Mac King Comedy Magic Show can be found by visiting www.mackingshow.com .
About Clark County READS
Clark County READS is the literacy initiative of The Public Education Foundation, in partnership with Clark County and the Clark County School District. Clark County READS was launched in 2001 to improve student achievement by recruiting volunteer reading partners and providing books to schools and their students. Clark County READS’ programs include Reading Is Fundamental, Reach Out and Read, Reading Partner Program, Library Enhancement, Book Re-Use and Reading Buddy Book Club. For more information about Clark County READS, call 799-KIDS (5437).
About The Public Education Foundation
The Public Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing community and global resources to meet the challenges of educating a growing and diverse Southern Nevada population. The Foundation’s programs and initiatives are designed to improve student performance and advance quality educational opportunities for all children. Since 1991, the Foundation has raised more than $67 million to improve teaching and learning in Southern Nevada’s public schools. For more information about the Foundation, go to www.thepef.org .
About The Las Vegas Wranglers
The Las Vegas Wranglers are the ECHL affiliate to the National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes and the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage. The Wranglers are currently in their eighth season in Las Vegas and play all 36 regular season home games at the Orleans Arena, located adjacent to the Orleans Hotel and Casino at 4500 W. Tropicana Avenue.