PEC volunteers brighten classrooms for Read Across America

Employees read to students at 4 elementary schools

For 80 years, PEC employees have worked hard to light up the Hill Country. On March 2, our employees brought a different kind of light to the faces of local schoolchildren by volunteering with Read Across America.

Observed annually on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss, this national celebration sponsored by the National Education Association fosters youth love of literature by inviting volunteers to read aloud to students.

More than 30 PEC volunteers read Dr. Seuss books in four local elementary schools. For both students and volunteers alike, the experience was illuminating.

PEC volunteers in front of sign
(Left to right) PEC Executive Assistant Susanne Greenseth, PEC Project Manager Lana Middleton, PEC Member Services Agent Beth Baethe, PEC Member Services Agent Kelcey Fraser and PEC Features Writer Taryn Franklin bring books and smiles to Bagdad Elementary in Leander.

“I was so excited to be reading with the kids at Bagdad Elementary,” PEC Member Services Agent Beth Baethe said. “Reading is such an important thing, and reading Dr. Seuss is fun and gives us a chance to be silly and see the kids’ smiles! I appreciate PEC giving us the opportunity to volunteer in our own communities.”

Concern for community is one of PEC’s core values. By sponsoring employee volunteer opportunities like Read Across America, the cooperative empowers our staff to give back directly.

“I’m so excited about the volunteer opportunities PEC allows us to participate in,” PEC Member Services Agent Kelcey Fraser said. “It’s great for team building and getting out into the community.”

Learn more about Read Across America, and see the ways we give back at