On Friday, May 4, nearly 150 business professionals left the office and entered the classroom to support early childhood literacy at the Chamber’s 8th annual Read to Me Early Literacy Storyteller Event, presented in partnership with Bank of America and the School District of Philadelphia. Storytellers spent the morning reading to over 2,900 pre-k and kindergarten students at 29 schools throughout the School District of Philadelphia. The event was kicked off with a networking breakfast held at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

View photos from the Read to Me Early Literacy Storyteller Event.

Storytellers included Rob Wonderling, President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and GPCC Board Chairman and Thomas Woodward, Pennsylvania President, Bank of America.

View the entire list of storytellers.

The event is part of the annual Read to Me Early Literacy Program, a year-long initiative that provides quality classroom book collections to thousands of pre-k and kindergarten students and inspires them to read with their parents, caregivers and teachers throughout the school year. Developed by Lynn Rosenthal, an award-winning reading specialist in Philadelphia city schools for more than 30 years, the program also provides teacher orientations that train educators on how to effectively bring the program into their classrooms, and parent workshops that encourage caregivers to read aloud to their children at home.

Read what some of this year’s participating storytellers had to say:

  • “Excellent, always a great experience and satisfying” – Dan DiMucci, SVP, Pennoni Association
  • “Very rewarding, lots of fun!” – Scott Applebaum, SVP, Shire Pharmaceuticals
  • “Very fulfilling.” – Ray DeHont, Chairman, CEO & President, Met-Pro Corp.
  • “Great program, outstanding, enjoyable and fun. A very important initiative that must continue.” – Charlie Wilson, VP Human Resources, Pentec Health
  • “Very good. Worthwhile. Important initiative.” – Cindy Scott, VP Clinical Operations, Keystone Care