Companies Offer Employees Opportunity to Become Book Mentors

BankChampaign's Stephanie O'Connor and Josie Donovan participate in a training to be book mentors.

BankChampaign's Stephanie O’Connor and Josie Donovan participate in a training to be book mentors.

Three additional businesses in Champaign-Urbana are allowing employees to participate in Illinois Public Media’s Book Mentor Project during the work day this year. BankChampaign, Amdocs and McGladrey have joined PNC and Meyer Capel employees in visiting early childhood classrooms once a month to share a book and do an activity with the children.

“Working with children and literature is where my interest and schooling lies,” said Rachel Santarelli, teller manager at BankChampaign. “So I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.” The Book Mentor Project has about 100 volunteers working in classrooms this year, with about 5,000 books being provided to 720 families.