Read Aloud Day: A Win/Win for All!! Carrie Hammond, Fairfield CT
The Bridgeport Schools Annual Read Aloud Day took place on
October 20th. The read aloud day is a one hour event which involves
600 volunteers from local service organizations and businesses
reading aloud to a class of students in kindergarten through
6th grade. 18 Bigelow Tea employee volunteers from our
Fairfield, CT office participated in special event.
I am quite sure that each of us who participated from Bigelow
Tea had a wonderful, personal experience on this warm, Fall morning
but I feel compelled to share mine so I hope you will bear with
me. I am still feeling the amazing after effects.
To me, this morning was truly an example of a win/win!! I
often sign up for these events thinking I am helping the children,
the teachers and the community when in fact, I receive so much more
in return. I correlate this to The Grinch Who Stole
Christmas, a favorite story of mine, as my heart expands at
least 10 times by the time we are heading back to the office.
I was fortunate to have the youngest Pre-K, 5 year olds this
year (although every age is fun). It was such a pleasure to
see the expressions on their little, beautiful faces and the
hunger for more look in their eyes as they hung on every
word of the story I was reading. As I asked them questions,
every hand would shoot up in the air and they all had something
wonderful to share; even when their response had nothing to do with
the question asked, it made it all the more rewarding and
fun. I learned so much yesterday so it is I who thank the
children and the teachers and the community. There is so much good
in the world, especially when we reach beyond our normal
I strongly recommend this experience to all.
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