Most El Centro business professionals usually don't pick up "Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" for lunchtime reading.
Many adults, however, will be flipping through children's books in preparation for Power Lunches, a program linking business professionals with local second-grade students. Beginning next month, volunteers will read a story to groups of six children about twice a month as a way to encourage literacy among students.
Grace Lutheran School in El Centro and the El Centro Elementary School District are partnering with the El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau to get this year's Power Lunches going.
This is the third year El Centro Elementary has used Power Lunches. It's a program many have found successful.
"It is just wonderful," said Washington Elementary School second-grade teacher Tamara Adam. Her students have been read to by Power Lunch business readers in the past.