Ronald McDonald® Celebrates Back-to-School Season With Free Reading Program for San Diego Children

SAN DIEGO – July 25, 2011 – With the upcoming school year quickly approaching, Ronald McDonald is encouraging kids to get excited about learning through his magical reading program, “It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald!™”

This 35-minute, fun-filled and educational program will take Ronald McDonald to 18 libraries in San Diego County throughout the month of August. The show, designed specifically for students in elementary school, includes a sock-puppet bookworm named Stoogie, and a creative mix of music, magic and games that will encourage children to make time every day for reading.

“Ronald McDonald has been bringing joy to children for decades and is actively involved in teaching valuable lessons to kids through a variety of programs and interactive skits,” said Phil Palumbo, president of San Diego County McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association. “We are delighted that Ronald will be visiting San Diego to bring his excitement for books to kids and introduce the concept of ‘Book Time’ to local children.”

McDonald’s worked in conjunction with “Get Caught Reading,” a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read, to develop “It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald.” In addition to visiting libraries, Ronald will be working with San Diego schools to bring this program and others into the classroom.

For a full list of libraries that Ronald will be visiting in August, please visit www.SDMcDonalds.com/Ronald-McDonald.aspx or see the list below. To request a Ronald McDonald appearance at a local school, please contact Program Director David Trieglaff at ronaldprogram@san.rr.com.

See which libraries Ronald will be visiting this August.