March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. To commemorate, children around the nation participate in Read Across America, an annual motivation and awareness program that calls for every child to celebrate reading.
Locally, at Lincoln Elementary School in Frederick, Md., active duty Army and Navy personnel stationed at Fort Detrick, helped 2nd through 5th grade students enjoy the reading experience by volunteering to read some of their favorite stories.
Recognizing the importance of getting school-aged children to embrace reading, Frederick Mayor Randy McClement scheduled a visit to the school to show his support of the community involvement military members have actively engaged with local residents.
“Reading establishes the fundamental tools that children will take with them throughout their lives. Having active duty, uniformed members of the military to come share the reading experience with Lincoln Elementary students is an invaluable exchange that will reap dividends for years to come,” the mayor said. “Our friends at Fort Detrick have always been a part of the community and will remain a welcome member of the Frederick family”
Frederick is located in north central Maryland. As the county seat of Frederick County, it is the largest county by area in the state of Maryland. It is an outlaying community of Washington, Virginia and West Virginia and is the second largest incorporated area in Maryland behind Baltimore.
Naval Medical Logistics Command (NMLC) is stationed in Fort Detrick, MD and is Navy Medicine’s Center of Logistics Expertise, supporting big Navy objectives by designing, executing and administering individualized state-of-the-art solutions to meet customers’ medical materiel and healthcare service needs.
Much like Dr. Seuss meets the needs of children learning to read, NMLC personnel have adopted Lincoln Elementary School to provide continuing mentorship support.
“Petty Officer [Julius] Wiseman has been coming to our school for years now and he has developed relations with our students that we know will have a lifelong affect,” said Ms. Marta Droddy, the school’s counselor. “To have him bring his active duty friends here to read and to mentor the children simply strengthens the relationships he has developed and opens doors for more relationships to develop.
For more information about Naval Medical Logistics Command, visit http://www.nmlc.med.navy.mil. For more information about Fort Detrick, visit http://www.detrick.army.mil.