HAVELOCK, N.C. --
Marines and sailors of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point volunteered their time to assist Havelock’s Graham A. Barden Elementary School with their annual family reading night Feb. 7.
In its 11th year, the event emphasized the importance of reading and availability of books for new readers at the school.
“The purpose of this night is to place books in the hands of all our children,” said Debbie Harris, a teacher at the school. “Every child who attends goes home with a book and has the chance for more.”
Harris has been a teacher at the school for 18 years and moved to Havelock with her husband, a retired Marine.
“Every year the event gets better and better, and the Marines coming out to assist really helps,” she said.
Cherry Point squadrons encourage Marines and Sailors to volunteer around the community. Giving back helps air station service members connect with local supporters, according to Pvt. Kyle Perkins, an aircraft rescue and firefighting specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron.
“I learned about the book reading from my chain of command,” said Perkins.
The event was great opportunity for Cherry Point Marines and Sailors to show support to the local community, according to Perkins. “All the kids who listened to the readings had nothing but huge smiles on their faces,” he said.
“I would definitely recommend that other Marines should get out in the community and help out,” he said. “There is nothing better than the feeling that you helped someone, or even just knowing you made their day.”