Soldiers read to students at Temple Elementary School

Story by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office

Soldiers of the 49th Movement Control Battalion interacted with and read to students at the Meredith-Dunbar Elementary School in Temple Friday.

The Soldiers volunteered as part of the battalion's partnership with the school, which dates to 2003 when the unit adopted Meridith-Dunbar.

Students in the school's journalism class, who put out a monthly newspaper called The Panther Scratch, interviewed a group of Soldiers about their experiences in Iraq.

The Soldiers expressed some surprise when the fifth-grade journalists asked questions about living conditions, sandstorm protection and satellite networks.

After the students finished grilling the Soldiers in the press conference, they all sat down together in the cafeteria, where the Soldiers read to the children.

All the Soldiers, from Command Sgt. Maj. Rickey E. Knox to Pvt. Adam Rivas, a transportation management specialist with the 49th, read stories about giant dogs, curious monkeys and talking trees to throngs of enthralled children.

"It's a great experience seeing what an impact we can have on children," said Rivas," I hope I get to do it again."


Sgt 1st Class Bill C Conwell
Sgt. 1st Class Bill C. Conwell, of the 49th Movement Control Battalion, reads to a group of students during lunch at the Meredith-Dunbar Elementary School in Temple Friday. Soldiers of the 49th read to students as part of their sponsorship of the school, which dates back to 2003.