NEWS | March 19, 2014

Airmen read to local school children

By Senior Airman Dennis Sloan Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

More than 40 Airmen from Joint Base Charleston, S.C., visited with children from St. Andrews Elementary School March 7, 2014.

The Airmen ate breakfast with 32 students and read to more than 760 of them.
"This is our third year having the Airmen participate in our Dr. Seuss Reading Celebration," said Leslie Cooper, St. Andrews Elementary School teacher. "Our children look forward to it all year long."

The Airmen each chose one of their personal favorite childhood Dr. Seuss books to read to the children.

"Getting to interact with them and making them laugh while trying to read Dr. Seuss was pretty funny," said Staff Sgt. Jason Golden, 437th Aerial Port Squadron training fitness manager. "I had a great time."

In addition to reading, each Airman chose a separate classroom where they talked to the children about the military and the military lifestyle.

"The kids had some pretty off the wall questions and seemed to be really interested in talking to us," said Golden.

When the event was finished, a hand selected student had the honor of walking their Airmen back to the library.

"The Airmen are real, live heroes for them to look up to and to have them standing there in their 'uniform' is a dream come true for many of our students," said Cooper.