Read Aloud Day: Volunteers needed to read to school children

The School Volunteer Association of Bridgeport (SVA) is seeking more than 600 volunteers from Bridgeport and surrounding communities to participate in Read Aloud Day 2014 on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Volunteers will share the joy of reading with every pre-kindergarten through sixth grade class in the Bridgeport public schools.

Pulitzer Prize winner to participate

SVA will provide the children’s books that will be read and then donated to classroom libraries. Some volunteers will read “Ben Rides On,” a story about a boy, a bully and a bicycle.  The book is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Matt Davies, who will be in Bridgeport to read his own book to a second grade classes.

Others will share a true story written by Sarah Edmonds, “Nurse, Soldier, Spy,” that tells the adventures of a young woman who poses as a man to fight for her country during the Civil War.

Who to call

Read Aloud Day will take place from 9-10 a.m. Register by calling the SVA at 203-275-1120 or visit

Read Aloud Day 2014 is made possible through the generosity of  Bigelow Tea, Bridgeport Energy,  Emera Energy LLC, Fairfield University, Gexpro, NewCity Foundation, People’s United Bank and the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.