Members of Shell Geismar partnered with Capital Area United Way and Gonzales Primary School to initiate a prekindergarten outreach initiative.

The groups’ goal is to initiate and deliver an outreach community program in an effort to foster leadership with Gonzales Primary School, a release from the school said.

Shell volunteers visit Gonzales Primary School each week, working with students for an hour, the release said.

During their stay, the volunteers read stories to the students that are selected to follow the theme and objectives for the week.

After reading to the students, the volunteers question students to prompt them to think critically and expand their comprehension skills, the release said.

Shell volunteers also work in learning centers to build language development.