599th Trans. makes reading fun for Wheeler students

| March 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

Story and photo by
Donna Klapakis
599th Transportation Surface Brigade Public Affairs

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Ten Soldiers and civilians from the 599th Transportation Surface Brigade got in touch with their “inner child” for half an hour March 1 when they volunteered to read to students at Wheeler Elementary School, here, for Read Across America Day.

The annual event is held on the school day closest to the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, a filmmaker, writer and illustrator of children’s books who was born March 2, 1904. Among his most famous books are “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

“These events are so important,” said Troy Tamura, Wheeler Elementary principal. “Read Across America Day provides students a chance to learn that reading is also for fun and enjoyment, instead of just academics.”

Sgt. 1st Class Joanene Lassiter, noncommissioned officer in charge of personnel, 599th TSB, reads to a class of Wheeler Elementary School third-graders during Read Across America Day, March 1.

Sgt. 1st Class Joanene Lassiter, noncommissioned officer in charge of personnel, 599th TSB, reads to a class of Wheeler Elementary School third-graders during Read Across America Day, March 1.

This year was the second Charity Wampler, information technology specialist, 599th TSB, has participated in the event.

“I am convinced that we get more out of it than the children do when we volunteer at the school to help out the students,” Wampler said. “We learn more from them than they do from us. Seeing their eyes light up as they learn a new word or are entertained by an interesting turn of phrase is a blessing.”

“This is like reading to my own kids,” said Clayton Maciorowski, IT specialist, 599th TSB. “When we get a chance to volunteer and reach out to the community, we have to make the most of it.”

“Our brand here is ‘One Team – One Mission,’” Tamura added. “It’s important to the children to understand that the team is not only the students and the teachers, but also the parents and the other members of the community. Our community on Wheeler is the Soldiers and the units.”

Sgt. 1st Class Emilio Calzada, first sergeant, 599th TSB, said he hopes 599th employees can volunteer for Read Across America Day every year.

“We’re able to give back to the community by volunteering to read to the students,” Calzada said. “When we can help the kids and have fun at the same time, that makes this a perfect effort.”

Or, as Geisel in the guise of Dr. Seuss wrote, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Read Across America

The National Education Association established Read Across America Day in 1998 to motivate every child in every community to celebrate reading.

The annual event is celebrated March 2 in honor of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

As part of Read Across America Day, participating schools traditionally invite volunteers, celebrities and community leaders to read to children.

Also, NEA’s Read Across America provides NEA members, parents, caregivers and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading, 365 days a year.

For more information about Read Across America, visit:
www.nea.org/grants/886.htm; and
www.readacrossamerica.org.

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