As an ongoing mission of community service, in March an employee of top local heating and cooling company Thornton and Grooms spent an afternoon reading to students at Greenfield Elementary School in Beverly Hills.
“We contacted Read Across America for suggestions to work with local schools and they suggested Greenfield Elementary as a great option. We were then able to arrange for one of our employee volunteers to spend some time at the school,” states Dave Knight, owner of Thornton & Grooms.
Ammi White of Thornton and Grooms read to 25 kindergarten students on March 25. The book she chose is called I Had a Favorite Dress, and was written by by Boni Ashburn with illustrations by Julia Denos. The plot is simple: A girl’s favorite dress wears out over the course of a year due to how much she wears it. Her mother helps her to re-create the dress into a shirt, a tank top, and a scarf to extend the life of her favorite garment. The book centers around the themes of not overreacting in emotional situations, as well as how to keep, and let go of, mementos.
“The kindergarteners were so excited to have a guest it made me excited as well,” says White. “They listened attentively and were so well behaved. The best part was their enthusiasm towards the coloring books and crayons I was able to donate to the class: I had so much fun.”
Greenfield Elementary is a kindergarten through fifth grade magnet school of around 300 students. It’s part of the Birmingham Public School system.
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