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Wyatt, 3, and Col. John Farnam, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., pose for a photo in the MCAS Miramar Children's Library, April 2, 2013. The "Tell Me a Story" event was part of the "Month of the Military Child." Events are scheduled to continue until the end of April.

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'Tell Me a Story' encourages military children to read

4 Apr 2013 | Lauren Wahl, Public Affairs Officer-for-a-Day

Active-duty military families aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., participated in a patriotic family event kicking off “The Month of the Military Child,” April 2, 2013.

The “Tell Me a Story” event featured Col. John Farnam, the commanding officer of MCAS Miramar, reading “How to Bake an American Pie” by Karma Wilson.

Laurie Lowry, a Nashville, Tenn., native, brought her children to the event, because she thought it would be a fun experience and her children love to read.

“It was awesome, my kids loved it,” said Lowry, about the book reading.

The event included crafts, the read-aloud and a family activity. The event encouraged military families to read more because of the challenges these families face.

“Your home is a very comforting place,” said Farnam. “When you have to pick up and move all the time, it can be pretty tough. You work hard and deserve our help.”

He also noted that literacy is a very important part of life.

“When I was in elementary school, I didn’t read as much as I should have. I was playing sports and running around,” remembered Farnam.

Farnam’s wife inspired him to start reading, and they passed the love of reading on to their son.

Multiple other events celebrating “The Month of the Military Child” are planned until the end of April. Events are scheduled to include a book signing, paintball, movies, a family fun day, as well as many more exciting activities.

For more information, visit www.mccsmiramar.com or call 858-577-6365


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