Tropic Lightning hosts storytime during Read Across America

| March 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Spc. Mahlet Tesfaye
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Hale Kula Elementary School celebrated “Read Across America” in commemoration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday with the help of Special Troops Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, here, March 2-4.

“It is an honor and a privilege to represent the Army by serving at our schools,” said Pfc. Joseph Foster, Company A, STB, 25th ID. “I believe education is one of the best investments we can make, both for ourselves and our future generations.”

Sgt. 1st Class Donna Campany and Spc. Kaleb D’ombrain, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, read a Dr. Seuss book in celebration of the author’s birthday to Miliani Uka Elementary students, March 2. A group of 84th Engineers rotated through 16 classrooms to read childhood classics to eager audiences of kindergarten through third grade, and to special needs students. The Soldiers will return to the school in April to continue the “Raise a Reader” program. (1st Lt. Susan Knapik | 84th Engineer Battalion)More than 10 Soldiers served the students green eggs and ham for breakfast, based on the famous Dr. Seuss story, and they helped out with other school activities, March 2.

The Soldiers returned to Hale Kula, March 4, to read books in the classes.

Foster is one of the Soldiers who volunteered to help out with serving breakfast and reading books to students.

“I felt very much appreciated by the kids and staff,” said Foster. “Everyone was eager to share a smile and offer their thanks.”

“We plan an event and come up with a vision for it, but the two of us cannot do it by ourselves, so we rely on military partnership so much,” said Ellen Petry, the Parent Community Networking Center facilitator at Hale Kula Elementary School and one of the event organizers. 

The division’s STB is the school’s assigned military partner and helps support school events.

“We hear from the Soldiers that they really love reading for the kids, and they love getting the thank you notes from the kids,” said Michelle Colte, the librarian at the Hale Kula and co-organizer of events.

“I really enjoyed reading to the kids,” said Foster. “I think that it would be great to have even more opportunities for Soldiers or civilians to read to kids.”

Brig. Gen. James Nixon, deputy commanding general-operations, reads the book “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type” during the “Tell Me a Story” event at the Wheeler Elementary School, March 4. (1st Lt. Susan Knapik | 84th Engineer Battalion)Petry said it’s special for kids to see Soldiers in uniform, like their moms and dads, reading to them.

As part of the celebration, Brig. Gen. James Nixon, deputy commanding general-operations, dressed as a farmer to read a book called “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type” to children during an event called “Tell Me a Story” at Wheeler Elementary School, Wheeler Army Airfield, March 4.

“I know the kids had a good time listening to the stories,” said Foster.

“I hope that seeing a Soldier reading would spark their imaginations and help inspire a deeper desire for reading,” he said.

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