KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- "Read Across America Week" recognizes reading and the many different ways that reading promotes learning. Volunteer TV's Whitney Kent takes us to a recording studio who celebrates this week with a Record-A-Thon.
It's called RFB&D, short for "Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic", where hundreds of textbooks are read every week for students across the country.
C. C Morris, the Production Director at the studio explains, "All of our readers are volunteers who come in and we have two to 250 people that come in weekly to record."
"We are usually recording around a hundred books at a time and when we're done with one they send us another and they usually have borrowers or students that need the books. They are waiting for us to finish them." says Morris.
The need is great so RFB&D held a "Record-A-Thon" where volunteers have logged over 300 hours in one week.
"We seven stationary booths but we've had so many additional volunteers. We're using a lap top as a booth."
Mary Rhodes is just one of the many volunteers who come in their spare time to read. She is a retired elementary school teacher who believes reading it the cornerstone for everything in life.
"It's absolutely important for children to read. They start off reading and then they can do the other things." says Rhodes.
RFB&D productions helps students graduate school which might be easy for some but for others it's a challenge.
C.C Morris tells us, "I've had parents come in and say without you my son wouldn't have graduated high school. That makes a huge impact on us because that is what we are here for."