volunteer reading to four park brook studentsForty volunteers from the Brooklyn Park Rotary, KPMG and other local organizations flooded the media center at Park Brook Elementary on May 16 for the opportunity to read to students. It was all part of Brooklyn Park Rotary/KPMG Reading in Schools Day, highlighting the strong school-community partnerships between the three entities.

For more than 10 years, the Brooklyn Park Rotary and KPMG have partnered to provide Park Brook students with books multiple times per year. These books are used in guided reading exercises in classrooms and available for students to check out from the school’s media center.

In addition to reading to students at this month's event, volunteers also talked about their educational and career journeys—providing inspiration to help students find their paths and achieve their dreams.

“Students at Park Brook greatly benefit from the partnership with the Brooklyn Park Rotary and KPMG,” Principal Scott Taylor said. “Not only do the students receive a book and are read to, they also hear a first-hand experience of other opportunities in the future.”

In addition to representatives from the Rotary and KPMG, volunteers from other local organizations such as CEAP, Brooklyn Park Police Department, and Brooklyn Park Fire Department also spent the morning reading to and connecting with Park Brook students. View more photos.