Calipatria State Prison Warden W.L. Montgomery speaks to students at Heber Elementary School.

Calipatria State Prison Warden W.L. Montgomery speaks to students at Heber Elementary School.

By Lt. Everardo Silva, AA/Public Information Officer
Calipatria State Prison

A recent day at school was all about books and hats in honor of “Readers are Leaders,” celebrated each year around the birthday of author and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

The event kicks off the “Read Across America Day,” a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2. Thousands of schools, libraries and communities participate by bringing together kids, teens and books.

Students at Heber Elementary School, in Heber, were treated to a visit from Calipatria State Prison Warden W. L. Montgomery and Claudia Saldana, Community Resource Manager, who read eighth graders a book about conducting research on the internet and how it applies to their daily jobs.

“School assists in preparing you for life choices.  The key is to learn how to read and comprehend; because this will broaden your knowledge and enable you to make right decisions,” said Warden Montgomery.

The warden read “Research on the Internet” to the students as they sat around him.

“How do you research information on the internet?” asked Mr. Montgomery, and students replied, “using Google.”

“You’re on the right path,” he said.

“It reinforces the fact to kids about reading, because the power of reading is only limited by your imagination,” said CRM Saldana, an alumni of the school.

Guests included representatives from the Imperial Valley Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, Border Patrol and local police departments.

In closing, Warden Montgomery told the students the road to success begins with a strong reading foundation, and reminded students to make good choices in life and to always believe in themselves, as they represent our community’s future leaders.