- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Readers from Appalachian Power have been visiting hundreds of schools in West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia, reading to elementary students and donating a book to the school libraries.

The electric utility says 314 readers read to almost 17,000 students at 418 schools in the three states on Thursday. Readers read and donated the book “The Gingerbread Man: Loose in the School,” by Virginia author Laura Murray.

The utility says Read to Me Day is an annual event in which employees volunteer to read to students throughout the company’s three-state service territory. It was started in 2001, and the company estimates participants have read to more than 250,000 students and donated approximately 6,000 books.

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in the three states and is a unit of American Electric Power.

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