Our personal reading hero

We couldn’t be prouder of Pasadena Aaroe Estates Director Carrie Benuska! Inspired by the annual Read Across America program, she spearheaded the first annual Realtors Read Across PASadena. Carrie organized the recruitment of more than 85 participants from nine local real estate firms to read aloud to children at 17 local elementary schools in Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre in one week in March.

Fifteen agents from John Aaroe Group were among the readers: Kate Barnett Adams, Samuel Darahdgian, Tara Doloukhanians, Jan Emamian, Nancy Gerber, Ali Kolbeck, Alex Lozano, Heather Lillard, Taylor Morphy, Maggie Navarro, Sunnie Road, Brandon Road, Gus Ruelas, Edward Uriarte and Paula Walker.

The goal was to share the joy of reading with kids while strengthening connections between the real estate community and schools in the Pasadena Unified School District. “We wanted to let local agents know about the great things that are happening within the Pasadena Unified School District,” says Carrie. “As Realtors, we have to be highly knowledgeable about all aspects of our community, and there’s no better way to understand a school than to get into the classroom.

The event was a huge hit with both kids and agents. “I heard nothing but positive comments from the Realtors who participated, and I can’t wait to plan it again next year,” says Carrie.

The John Aaroe Group Pasadena office has a long history of community involvement. Its Tanner Market facility includes a meeting space specifically earmarked for use by the city’s many nonprofit organizations, and the office opens its doors as a free site for their charitable events. Learn more about the reading program at: http://www.pusd.us/pages/PasadenaUSD/News/Read_Across_PASadena

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