Parents and their children were invited to the Fort Drum USO Dec. 9th for a presentation of Dr. Suess' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The story was read by 10th Mountain Division (LI) commanding general Maj. Gen. Brian J. Mennes as part of the USO's ongoing Story Time Program.
USO Fort Drum Story Time is a monthly reading program geared towards children between the ages of four to seven and their parents. The program, which has been going on for three years, provides an excellent chance for children to socialize with others, learn about reading, and experience a new book each month.
"We try to bring in different leaders from around base to read," said Sydney Schlosser, a USO staff member for two and a half years. "It was fun to share one of my favorite childhood stories with these children."
Children participating in the event receive a free snack, get to listen to a special guest reader, and participate in a craft based on the book after the reading. This month, participants decorated their own Christmas cookies, sat around a Christmas tree, and took home their very own copy of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday book.
Tickets for the event are made available on the first of the month at 9 a.m. on the USO's Facebook page, where 50 families can sign up on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ticketholders can participate in either the 3:30 pm or the 5:30 pm session. Each family also receives a copy of the book of the month to take home.