CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A number of Appalachian Power Company employees read to students in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee Thursday.

An ice storm cancelled some of the Read to Me Day events but some schools were open.

Appalachian Power first started participating in Read to Me Day in 2001. Company workers have read to more than 250,000 students and donated approximately 6,000 books.

“Our reason for devoting so much effort to Read to Me Day is to reach as many children as possible with the magic of a good story,” Appalachian Power President Chris Beam, himself a volunteer reader, said. “It’s a memorable day for both the students and our employees.”

Readers read and donated the book, “Astronaut Annie,” by Suzanne Slade.