Inland Empire Reading Council

An affiliate of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the California Reading Associated (CRA) serving Southern California's communuty.

A book is a gift you can open again and again. 
—Garrison Keillor


Thank you to our supporters and affiliates:

California State University San Bernardino

Riverside County Office of Education

San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools

International Literacy Association

California Reading Association 

and others...
















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IERC President

Jeanne Gahagan


Welcome to the official website of the IERC!

Upcoming Event- Jared Boxes February 13th

Hey all! Our next event will be Monday February 13 where we will have a second joint DKG and IERC meeting to create Jared Boxes for children who are hospitalized. 

Details are as follows:
Monday, February 13th
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
light dinner provided – donations accepted
Mountain View Middle School, Moreno Valley USD
13130 Morrison St., Moreno Valley, CA 92557

Here is a bit about the project:  
o A Jared Box is a plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, games, and fun activities. Each box contains items selected for a specific age and gender. The boxes are delivered to hospitals. Jared Boxes provide a special diversion for young patients in emergency rooms, patient rooms, surgical centers, and clinics as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments. Jared Boxes bring smiles and laughter and lift the spirits of children in the hospital.

o The Jared Box Project was started in 2001 by the children at Our Lady of Victory School in State College, Pennsylvania to honor their classmate and friend, Jared. He was a brave little boy who battled cancer with courage and faith that continues to inspire us all. Jared was diagnosed with an incurable brainstem tumor in 1999. At just 5 years old, he demonstrated faith, wisdom and compassion for others. Jared maintained his sense of humor and the joys of childhood through play. He carried a backpack full of toys and games to all appointments, and questioned why the other children didn't bring toys to their exam rooms. Jared shared his toys and invited the other children to join him in a game of UNO. Jared's battle ended on November 12, 2000, while listening to his favorite song, "You'll Be In My Heart." We will celebrate Jared’s joy of sharing by creating our own Jared Boxes February 13th. Hope you can join us.


Congratulations to LaToya Flowers, Moreno Elementary, MVUSD! IERC member, Terri Labik, nominated LaToya for the IERC “Adopt A Teacher” Grant; which was posted on our Facebook page to support literacy learning in an Inland Empire school classroom.  LaToya will receive $250.00 from IERC for literacy materials and classroom support from Terri and other members, during the 2016-2017 school year.


Apply for the IERC Literacy Grant

The chosen recipient will receive $250 toward promoting Literacy.

The Deadline is January 15.


Register for the CRA/ILA Professional Development Institute in Visalia today!

November 4-5


September 24th, 2016

The IERC held their event

Making Literacy Connections at The Ameal Moore Nature Center

Associate Curator of Education Kim Cobb was an excellent host. Attendees received excellent information on the exciting events, opportunities, and programs the Ameal Moore Nature Center offers. If you were unable to attend the event check out and watch the video below!

Sycamore Canyon Video