Fairfield resident Dorothy Daruka has spent the past 15 years volunteering her time to read to elementary students at Six to Six Magnet School on The School Volunteer Association (SVA) of Bridgeport's Read Aloud Day on Oct. 21.

"I originally became involved in the program through work," explained Daruka, a retired employee of People's United Bank. "When I retired in 2000, I still wanted to participate so I've continued to read to students here on Read Aloud Day, as well as other days throughout the year."

Daruka was assigned to read at Six to Six when she began volunteering on Read Aloud Day in 1995. She chooses to return to Six to Six each year because of the school climate.

"I love coming to read at Six to Six because it's apparent that learning is taking place and children are being impacted," she said. "Teachers here don't look at teaching like a job. They are amazing. They really care about the education and growth of the students."

This year marks SVA's 25th anniversary of Bridgeport's Read Aloud Day in which volunteers read age-appropriate books that are then donated to the school to all students in grades PreK-6. An estimated 630 volunteers read in 32 Bridgeport schools.

Six to Six is a science, mathematics and technology-focused interdistrict magnet school. Currently, students who live in Fairfield, Monroe, Trumbull, Bridgeport and other surrounding towns attend the full day preschool through grade 8 public school.

For more information on the school, visit www.ces.k12.ct.us/sixtosix. For more information on the School Volunteer Association of Bridgeport, visit svabridgeport.org