By Lt. Efren Uribe, AA/PIO
Calipatria State Prison

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Calipatria Warden Warren Montgomery told fifth graders if they kept reading their job prospects would be better.

Students at Heber Elementary School, in Heber recently heard from Calipatria State Prison Warden Warren L. Montgomery, and Carmen Pankratz, Community Resource Manager as they read to sixth graders the book, “How to Deal with Bullies.”

“School prepares you for life choices.  The key is to learn how to read, because reading will prepare you for life’s challenges,” said Warden Montgomery.

He read, “How to Deal with Bullies” to sixth-grade students. “How can you avoid bullying?” he asked.

Some students said, “Treat others the same way you want to be treated.”

“That’s the Golden Rule,” said Mr. Montgomery and a good rule to follow.

“It is important that we continue to educate young children on how to deal with such an important topic,” said Ms. Pankratz.

The occasion for the school visit late last month was “Readers are Leaders” day, which is celebrated each year around the birthday of author and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel. Geisel is better known as Dr. Seuss, who was born on March 2, 1904.

The event kicks off the “Read Across America Day”, which is 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.

Guests included representatives from the Imperial Valley Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, Border Patrol, and Navy Blue Angels.

In closing, the Warden told students that the Imperial County has a challenging job market, continuing to rank high in the state for its unemployment rate.

But students can beat this problem is they read and stay in school. This will help them find jobs when they get out of school.