Parents and their children were invited to the Fort Drum USO on Dec. 9 for a presentation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss. The story was read by Maj. Gen. Brian J. Mennes as part of the United Services Organization’s ongoing Story Time program. (Photo by Pvt. Anastasia Rakowsky, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)
10th Mountain Division commander
reads to children at Fort Drum USO
Pvt. Anastasia Rakowsky
27th Public Affairs Detachment
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (Dec. 13, 2019) – Parents and their children were invited to the Fort Drum USO on Dec. 9 for a presentation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss. The story was read by Maj. Gen. Brian J. Mennes, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum commander, as part of the United Services Organization’s ongoing Story Time program.
USO Fort Drum Story Time is a monthly reading program geared to children ages 4-7 and their parents. The program, which has been going on for three years, provides an opportunity for children to socialize with others, learn about reading, and experience a new, classic book each month.
Children participating in the event receive a free snack, listen to a special guest reader, and participate in a craft based on the book after the reading. This month, children got to decorate cookies, sit around a Christmas tree, and take home their very own copy of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday book.
“We try to bring in different leaders from around base to read,” said Sydney Schlosser, a USO staff member for two and a half years. “It was fun to share one of my favorite childhood stories with these children.”
Tickets for the event are made available on the first of the month at 9 a.m. on the USO’s Facebook page, where 50 Families can sign up on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ticketholders can participate in either the 3:30 p.m. or the 5:30 p.m. session. Each Family also receives a copy of the book of the month to take home.