Employees of local companies, including NBCUniversal’s Stamford Media Center, , , Xerox and , spent Tuesday morning with students from 11 Stamford public elementary schools for the Workplace Volunteer Center of Southwestern Fairfield County’s Annual “Business to Books” Read-a-thon.
Created by the WVC in 2002, the Read-a-thon is designed to enhance public education by increasing community volunteerism in the schools.
Paul Faulhaber, executive producer of “Maury," Tracie Wilson, SVP, programming and development, NBCU’s Stamford Media Center, and others read to kindergarten and first-grade students at . Faulhaber read two books with Cathy Austin's first-grade class, but also dicussed a myriad of topics, including family pets, weird foods and what it's like to be a TV producer.
The children were fascinated that Faulhaber's son likes raw fish — in the form of sushi — and shared with him their experiences during the severe thunderstorm last March. In the video above, Faulhaber explains why he looks forward to reading to students each year and why he feels it's so important for students to enjoy reading as much as they enjoy watching TV and playing video games.