Read Across America Day is a time to recognize the legacy of famed author Dr. Seuss and encourage a love of reading in students through a memorable day of engaging storytelling.
Blackstone Innovation School, one of Bain Capital's City Year schools, participated in the day, and several Bain Capital employees had the opportunity to go to the school and read a Dr. Seuss book to a classroom.
Of the experience, Megan Allen, Manager, Global Travel Services, Corporate Operations said, "Participating in Read Across America Day was a blast. The kids were so excited that many of them dressed up as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters for the event! I read The Lorax to a classroom of 2nd grade students. It was fun to see how engaged they were and how happy they were to have a visitor come read to them. They asked many insightful (and often hilarious) questions and even proposed inventive solutions for how they will protect the environment in the future."
Megan also said, "I was surprised to find out that the school library is 100% funded by donations and staffed by volunteers. The generosity of the community helped create a vibrant library that is clearly well-loved and well-used by the students. It was striking to see the direct impact organizations like City Year and community volunteers have on young students in our community."
Torie Raquel, Senior Finance Associate, said, "I had a great time participating in Read Across America Day, sharing one of my favorite childhood books with the second graders. 'Strega Nona' is a story about a magic pasta pot that makes so much pasta, it fills the whole town. We had fun talking about our favorite food and what kind of food we wish would fill the city of Boston. I got a lot of pizza and ice cream responses!"