Gym packed for special story time with guest reader
November 2, 2011
HEIDELBERG, Germany - The Patrick Henry Elementary school gymnasium looked like a giant picnic scene Oct. 23.
The gym floor was covered with blankets as more than 230 family members gathered for Tell Me A Story hosted by the Heidelberg and Mannheim Parent to Parent cadre and the Military Child Education Coalition.
Children and parents listened while guest reader U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling read the featured book "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae.
It is the story of a giraffe named Gerald who loves to dance but feels like he has four left feet.
Gerald gets some good advice about dancing and being true to yourself from a wise cricket and learns to dance to his own tune.
Each of the 74 families attending received a free copy of the book thanks to a donation from the Service Credit Union. After the reading, Hertling signed each family's copy of the book.
Joe the Monkey, the Service Credit Union mascot, was also on hand to liven things up.
Families also made puppets, rain sticks and learned a few new dance moves from dance instructors Stasia Bryant and Arianna Heck. The next Tell Me A Story will take place early next year.