The folks at the 3rd Sustainment Command at Fort Knox, KY sent us this story about one of their sergeants who takes time out of his day to read to local school children at a nearby school;
Sgt. Daniel Schneider sits down and is quickly surrounded. He’s not scared. There are no weapons pointing at him, only the fingers of little boys and girls. They watch in anticipation, wondering what book will be selected. As Schneider begins to read, all eyes are on him.
Schneider, a transportation management coordinator for the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), was reading to children at Pierce Elementary on Friday as part of the 3d ESC’s Partners in Education reading program.
The reading program, which is supported by volunteers, was organized by Master Sgt. Kenya Berry. Berry, a G3 operations sergeant with the 3d ESC, established the program to help offer reading support to the children at Pierce Elementary.
“I basically provide (the school) a schedule,” said Berry. “Soldiers go in and they read to the students during the week and they’ll do any other kind of assistance that they require in the classroom.”
Berry’s goal with the reading program is to have more involvement with Soldiers in the school.
“I think that if soldiers got an opportunity to go out on a day to day basis and work with the kids in the school it’s something they would enjoy,” said Berry.
The reading program is in its third week and has had approximately 5 volunteers so far.
Schneider, who has volunteered twice already, had been interested in volunteer work and after hearing about the reading program he quickly volunteered. Schneider enjoys reading to the children and plans to volunteer more in the future
“They love it,” said Schneider. “You kind of made them happy and made their day”.
Photos and story by Sgt. Justin Silvers, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) public affairs.