Volunteers from Disney's VoluntEARS program spent time reading to
small groups of students.
"Reading is one of the most fulfilling and important things all of
us can do," said Karen Kreider, who sat reading the book adaptation
of "Aladdin" to three students.
Kreider, who manages the company's catalog and shopping website,
said working with elementary school students is important because it
helps them form good reading habits for life.
"In second grade, it's the key to getting them interested in a
life-long love of reading and learning," she said.
Students also watched volunteers and their teachers compete in a
speed reading competition.
"They were talking fast, it was funny," said 7-year-old Diego
Diego believed focusing on reading is important because it helps
him and his fellow students perform better in other areas of their
"It makes me happy because when I read, I can write better," Diego
Imani Mitchell, 7, enjoyed attending the event because she likes
to read and be around books.
"It's fun because I love to read and I love to look at books,"
Imani said. "I read every day and every night. It helps you learn."
The Walt Disney Co. currently works with several local schools in
Burbank, Glendale and North Hollywood by sending volunteers for
one-on-one reading tutoring with students.
Franklin Elementary School teacher Steve Williams, whose class
attending the event, said that when volunteers from the community
spend time reading with the children it emphasizes how important
When volunteers from the community spend time reading with the
children, it emphasizes how important reading is, Williams said.
"They're seeing adults in the outside community taking time and
doing this for them," he said. "It's making real life connections
with adults they consider role models, seeing people taking time out
of their day to spend time with them."