Attorneys throughout the Roanoke Valley are taking a break from the courtroom and stepping back into the classroom.
All this school year attorneys in the valley are reading to students in Roanoke City Schools through the Barrister Book Buddies program.
This is the 14th year for the annual community service event.
Jennie Waering, a federal prosecutor who began reading to students in 1998, said the program gives a new perspective on the importance of reading.
"By attorneys coming and giving their time in the classroom to emphasize reading, that gives it a little bit different perspective than the teachers just saying the same thing over and over," Waering said.
35 attorneys and judges will be reading to classes in four different elementary schools this year.