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01/05/05

Deploying Soldiers Video Tape Bedtime Stories for Children

With the Third Infantry deployment drawing closer, many military parents want to make sure they are still an important part of their children's lives even while they're away. So many of them are taking part in a unique program called Read to Your Kids.

If you are interested in taking part in the Read to Your Kids program, you can make an appointment with the library by calling 353.2403.

Parents are visiting the Hunter Army Airfield branch library to video tape bedtime stories for their children to watch while they are away. So even if they won't be home every night to read to them and tuck them in, they will be there at a flick of a switch.

Dr. Seuss' One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is one of Spec. Tawone White's favorite children's books. And he hopes it will become a favorite for his two daughters, four-year-old Kayla and nine-month-old Legacy, during his 12- to 18-month deployment.

"I'm happy right now," he told us. "I won't have too many smiles later on so now's a good time."

To six-year-old Skylar Hurtado's delight, her dad, Spec. Edward Hurtado, also recorded a story for her, her two-year-old brother Eddie and even Mom. While You Were Away by Eileen Spinelli.

The story "explains me deploying and lets them know I'll return," he said.

"He's still with us no matter what," said wife Priscilla. "He'll still be a part of our lives."

As for the dads, they had a very important message for their little soldiers while they're away. As Spec. White recorded, "Daddy will be back as soon as possible to read to you every night. He doesn't want to miss a day, but Daddy's on a mission."

If you are interested in taking part in the Read to Your Kids program, you can make an appointment with the library by calling 353.2403.

The best part of this program is that it's not just for parents to read to their kids. Children can also read stories to their deployed parents and send them off.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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