By Lt. Martin Herrera, AA/PIO
Wasco State Prison-Reception Center

During this year’s Read Across America event, staff at Wasco State Prison- Reception Center (WSP-RC) recently had the privilege of reading to 775 excited students from Teresa Burke Elementary School in Wasco.

WSP-RC was among the 19 agencies represented at this year’s event.

“We were delighted to have all the readers. It was a huge success. We got lots of positive feedback from students and staff”, said. Clara Acosta, the organizer of the event.

Capt. Patrick Salgado said what he would remember most about participating was “the smiling faces and interesting questions these children ask during and after the reading of a book. (It) is something which can only be truly appreciated if you take the time to read to them.”

The National Education Association sponsors this annual event by motivating students to read on March 2, the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss. Five representatives from WSP-RC took on the challenge to bring awareness to this program by reading to students from Kindergarten to 6th grade thus spreading the encouraging but at times tongue twisting words written by the beloved author.

Claudia Saldaña, Community Resource Manager and a reader at this year’s event, said: “Research has shown that motivating children to read results in better grades. It’s no wonder that Dr. Seuss knew that ‘Readers are Leaders’.”

Warden John Sutton added: “We always enjoy visiting our local schools and reading to the children, it’s an investment in our future.  Children are the focus of much of our local community support.”