BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Workers at ExxonMobil put their United Way Day of Action to good use Tuesday.
They helped pass out 100 literacy kits to Pre-K and Kindergarten students at New Horizons Head Start in Baton Rouge. The kids each received a backpack filled with a book, ABC flashcards, a notepad, a bookmark and crayons.
"It is great knowing what valuable tools these preschoolers are going to receive to help them build their educational skills," said Cheree Scardina, Olefins Mass Balance Specialist and United Way campaign co-chair "We are glad to be able to partner with Capital Area United Way in such a worthwhile activity."
In addition to the backpacks, students in 10 classrooms were also treated to story time by the volunteers. The workers at ExxonMobil say they enjoy doing the story time a couple times a years.
"We care a lot about the community that we live in," said Becky Froedge, Senior Environmental Engineer with ExxonMobil. "We look to train our future workforce and want to help them and encourage them to be scientists and engineers, and reading is an important first step in that process."