Microsoft New England held its annual Day of Caring on Monday, November 16 to support our Give Campaign that runs each fall. 50 Microsoft employees participated in this event, reading to 6-11 year old children that attend 1st-5th grade at the King Open School in Cambridge. Before the event, Principal Darrell Williams explained to employees the importance of mentoring and literacy skills to underserved urban elementary school students.
Microsoft partnered with READ TO A CHILD to organize this special event. READ TO A CHLD is a national non-profit that inspires adults to regularly read aloud to underserved children in order to improve a child’s success in school and life. Microsoft employees read age appropriate books to groups of five elementary students as well as explained what they did at Microsoft and answered work-related questions. As READ TO A CHILD explains, having a caring adult spend time with young students provides benefits to youth self-esteem and self-confidence. Being read aloud to improves literacy skills and develops a love of reading. Students also benefit from hearing what Microsoft employees do for work, enabling them to envision careers in the technology field.