National Read-To-Me Day celebrated in Southwest Virginia

ROANOKE, Va. Thursday was "National Read To Me Day" and for the last 17 years, Appalachian Power employees have visited schools in Southwest Virginia to share their love of books.

Rodney Johnson is an Appalachian Power network crew supervisor. He visited several schools in the area, including Morningside Elementary School in Roanoke.

He says he likes teaching kids that reading is more than just a fun pastime.

"My favorite part was the learning, the educational value of it," he said. "You can do it at your own pace and make your own ideas from it."

Appalachian Power sent over 300 readers just like Johnson to more than 400 schools.

They not only read "Rosier Revere, Engineer," they also donated the book to the schools.