The gift of reading receives Soldier, White House inspiration

| March 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Soldier reads a book to Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School students in celebration of Read Across America, sponsored by the National Education Association. (Photo by Penny Ernest, Library Assistant)


Michelle Colte
Librarian & Makerspace Coordinator
Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Read Across America is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Education Association.

Once again, Soldiers from the 25th Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, read to students in preschool through grade 5 at Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School, here, recently.

“Students love it when the Soldiers come to read to them” said Ellen Petry, facilitator with the Parent Community Networking Center. “This is an event Mrs. Colte and I look forward to coordinating every year.”

To prepare for this year’s event, 4th grade students helped select books Soldiers could read to the classrooms. The librarian invited students to remember stories they had loved when they were in kindergarten, first or second grade.

Favorites like Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie series; Reptiles; Joke-lopedia: The Biggest, Best, Silliest & Dumbest Joke Book Ever; and Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp all made the cut.

Students also voted on biographies of famous Americans who inspire us to explore our talents and persevere through challenging times. The highest vote getters for their pictures, story and messages featured Rosa Parks, Dizzie Gillespie, Elvis Presley and Lonnie Johnson, the inventor and engineer who patented the Super Soaker water gun.

Soldiers also selected books from those gifted to the school by First Lady Melania Trump.

One school in each state received a set of 10 Dr. Seuss books. Schools chosen were identified by achieving high standards of excellence and being recipients of State or National awards.

DKI Elementary is honored to be the recipient of these books and so thankful for the Soldiers who read to our students.

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