Welcome to the Placer Area Reading Council’s website. It is our hopes that this site will provide resources and tools for building or enhancing your love for reading. Let uwelcomes know how we can make this site better.

The Placer Area Reading Council (PARC) is a professional organization affiliated with the California Reading Association (CRA) and the International Reading Association (IRA). We are composed of teachers, administrators, parents, librarians, paraprofessionals, students, and others interested in promoting literacy.

ourmissionPARC seeks to foster the love of reading, and improve the teaching and writing at all educational levels by providing informative meetings and in-services; recognizing the efforts of local educators, students and community members; and promoting mutual understanding and cooperative efforts among teachers, administrators, parents, and the community.

Balanced Literature Series[SAVE THE DATE FLYER]           [MEET THE PRESENTERS]

August 30: Steven Dunn, Writer’s Workshop [FLYER]
October 16: Adria Klein, Small Group Instruction and Assessment
January 23: Judy Lynch/Betsy Stenklyft, Phonics, Word Study, Phonemic Awareness
February 26: Lori Oczkus, Comprehension
March 22: Joanne Devine/Jody Anderson, Shared Reading, Centers, Read Aloud

Steve Dunn Workshop

Steve Dunn date



This year we honored these Literacy Rock Stars!

Karina Almanza, Barrett Ranch Elementary School
Kendra Barrett, Barrett Ranch Elementary School
Don Vu, Barrett Ranch Elementary School
Jody Anderson, Sargeant Elementary School
Megan Co,x Granite Oaks Middle School
Shelly Day, Oakhills Elementary School
Roberta Dell’Orto, Diamond Creek Elementary School
Melissa Duncan, Woodbridge Elementary School
Rachael Enos, Fiddyment Farm Elementary School
Theresa Gervais, John Adams Academy
Dawn Gonzalez, Maidu Elementary School
Brandi Harris, Ridgeview Elementary School
Mary Ann Hinrichs, Colfax Elementary School
Karen Lockwood, Penryn Elementary School
Christina Maggard, Vencil Brown Elementary School
Theresa Olea, Greenhills Elementary School
Melissa Patrick, Franklin Elementary School
Carrie Rohla, Catheryn Gates Elementary School
Coreena Whiteside, Foskett Ranch Elementary School

Placer Area Reading Council made our annual donation to Lerato Educational Centre near Johannesburg in South Africa. This school supports families in need with classrooms and a library which serves over 450 children and members of the area community. Our donation helps the library staff purchase books and literacy materials. Check out the photos of the centre below:

PARC Supports Global Learning

For many years Placer Area Reading Council has donated funds to support a library in a school for homeless children located near Johannesburg in South Africa. The photos show renovations being made due to some recent corporate donations. Cleaning, painting, new bathroom fixtures. A visit from Sister Mary (retired director), children in their new “Toms” shoes helping paint, and the busy school library.  Check out the Facebook page for “Lerato Educational Centre”! Thanks to Rene Taylor for the articles and photos. 

Young Writer’s Celebration

Students, parents, siblings and teachers did not let a rogue thunderstorm stop them on May 14th as they filled the multipurpose room at Excelsior Elementary School in Granite Bay for PARC’s Annual Young Writer’s Celebration. Author Patricia Newman spoke, Lauraine from Barnes & Nobles sold books, and talented area student shared their writings.



Click on the photo above to read this interesting article.


Click above to watch an interview/StorySmashup with Dav Pilkey & Jeff Kinney (Captain Underpants & Wimpy Kid books) They describe how they plan, and organize a book.


Promoting literacy and love of reading by building free book exchanges.
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Here’s a link for a copy of the hand outs from the CRA PDI.




Click on the logo to the right to access Resources for the California Young Readers’ Medal Books:



facebookbannerEvery principal who has 10 teachers “like” us on our facebook page will receive one free membership. [more information here]

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CRA Council , the Sacramento Area
Reading Association (SARA).[SARA Website]