• Col. Jerry Jones, Expeditionary Contracting Command chief of staff poses with Stephanie Varner(left), the Cat in the Hat, Shannon Pilotte, and Morris elementary School Principal Patty Boyd. Jones was one of 10 Army Contracting Command volunteers during Read Across America Day.

    Fun with the Cat in the Hat

    Col. Jerry Jones, Expeditionary Contracting Command chief of staff poses with Stephanie Varner(left), the Cat in the Hat, Shannon Pilotte, and Morris elementary School Principal Patty Boyd. Jones was one of 10 Army Contracting Command volunteers during...

  • Col. Jerry Jones, Expeditionary Contracting Command chief of staff, pauses while reading Dr. Suess' "The Foot Book," to show a graphic to Kindergarteners at the Morris Elementary School March 3 as part of the National Read Across America Day.

    The Foot Book

    Col. Jerry Jones, Expeditionary Contracting Command chief of staff, pauses while reading Dr. Suess' "The Foot Book," to show a graphic to Kindergarteners at the Morris Elementary School March 3 as part of the National Read Across America Day.

  • Keith Jackson, Army Contracting Command chief of staff, gets a reaction from Morris Elementary School third graders after he asked how many had a library at home. Jackson read Dr. Seuss' "Fox in Socks" to the students March 3 as part of the National Read Across America Day.

    Fox in Socks

    Keith Jackson, Army Contracting Command chief of staff, gets a reaction from Morris Elementary School third graders after he asked how many had a library at home. Jackson read Dr. Seuss' "Fox in Socks" to the students March 3 as part of the National...

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Army Contracting Command Soldiers and civilians participated in the 17th annual Read Across America March 3 as members of the command went to classrooms here in support of the national program.

Across the country, volunteers gave up time to read to school-aged children as part of the National Education Association?'s annual program.

Keith Jackson, ACC chief of staff, and Col. Jerry Jones, Expeditionary Contracting Command chief of staff, visited Louis J. Morris Elementary School while other ACC and ECC participants stopped by Rolling Hills Elementary School. Nine civilians and one Soldier offered an hour of their time throughout the day, reading to more than 250 students.

"Our guest reader event for Dr. Seuss' birthday was a great success," said Shannon Pilotte, library media specialist and event coordinator at Morris Elementary School. "The students were excited to see all of the different volunteers who were also excited about what we are doing at our school."

Some volunteers said they think they got more than they gave from the experience.

"I had a great experience teaching the students about the joy and importance of reading, encouraging them to get more knowledge through reading and seeing them smile and laugh at the story I read," said Erika McPherson, ECC Office of Command Counsel.

The volunteers did not just read to the children but also discussed the importance of reading. Volunteers read to children in kindergarten through fourth grade, from tales by Dr. Seuss to Aesop's Fables.

"It was a pleasure to introduce [students] to the timeless wisdom of Aesop's Fables. As I told the fourth-graders, when you can read you can figure out how to do anything," said Carol Wolf, ACC Office of Counsel.

It was time well spent, not just for the volunteers, but also for the children. The schools and teachers appreciated the support they received.

"The students and staff were excited by the visits of Redstone leaders and volunteers," said Barbara Williams, Redstone Arsenal Child, Youth and School Services School Liaison Officer and the Redstone Arsenal Read Across America coordinator. "What a great way to show children we care by taking the time to participate in their educational programs. I have received thank-you messages from several schools. It was a total success."

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