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Aces mascot to read to children at shelter
by Tribune Staff
Aug 25, 2011 | 571 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — It’s well-known that Archie, the Reno Aces’ furry, red mascot, loves baseball. A better-kept secret is that the 6-foot 5-inch gentle giant with the size 30FF sneakers is also a huge fan of the written word.

Archie will share his passion for reading with the children who are staying at Volunteers of America’s Family Shelter, located at 335 Record St. in Reno, at 10 a.m. Sept. 9 for a storytelling event.

During the one-hour session, Archie will read some of his favorite stories to the boys and girls and their families currently living at the emergency shelter in hopes his love for books will be contagious.

More than 1,800 students in the Washoe County School District are homeless, according to the district’s Children in Transition Program. Some of the factors associated with homelessness that affect children’s school performance include fatigue and poor nutrition, poor concentration due to anxiety, gaps in their school knowledge due to missed days and a lack of daily preparedness (such as completing homework) resulting from not having necessary materials or a place to study.

The shelter, which will celebrate its third anniversary in September, offers 21 individual units, plus a six-person unit for pregnant women or women with an infant. The units are designed around a large, multi-purpose common room, which serves as a space for meals, meetings and special programming such as the story time with Archie.

Established locally in 1911, the greater Sacramento and northern Nevada affiliate of Volunteers of America is one of the largest providers of social services in the region, operating programs dedicated to ending homelessness, supporting the most vulnerable populations and transforming communities. Each night, regional Volunteers of America provides housing for as many as 1,800 men, women and children.

For more information, visit or call 322-7143.

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