Fifteen employees at CSL Plasma Inc. read aloud to kindergartners at the city’s J.C. Mitchell Elementary School.
It was the first foray in community service for the Boca-based corporate headquarters. And the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County considers their Corporate Reading Day a win-win.
CSL Plasma was already service oriented. Their centers compensate donors up to $400 a month to collect blood to convert to plasma for medical treatments.
“All of our 200 centers have a strong community involvement. So we looked for worthwhile organizations in our backyard,” said Mary Coates, corporate communications director. “We sent out a note with the date and location who might be interested.”
Once they had volunteers, the literacy coalition took it from there. “We’re in 25 schools with our Building Better Readers,” explained Kristin Calder, chief executive officer. “Volunteers come in twice a week.
“ CSL took working professionals who might not have that time and worked it into their busy workday.”
The read-aloud book was “The Day the Crayons Quit.”
“After they read, there was an activity with crayons. The kids had a ball,” Coates said. “They were really engaged. So everybody had a very happy feeling.”
Will they do this again? “There will be a next one,” Coates said.
The coalition left 18 books behind. “It’s a nice gift and the teachers said, ‘wow, we get to keep these books,” Calder said.
“If people want to volunteer, they can do it through our website…once a year, twice a week. Whatever time people have to give.”
For possible CSL Plasma donors, the closest centers are in Margate, Wilton Manors and Riviera Beach. For information on who can donate, the procedure and compensation, go to CSL Plasma website.
“Donors can be anyone looking for supplemental income,” Coates said. That includes students, teachers, single moms and people who may have a friend or relative involved.