MLK Reading Drive: Reading is a civil right


In the week leading to Martin Luther King Day, Spangdahlem Airmen exercised one of their civil rights by reading, and the children at the Child Development Center didn’t mind one bit.

“This drive was an effort to do something for the children of Spangdahlem in advance of the federal holiday honoring Dr. King,” said Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls, 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs specialist and event coordinator. “We all wanted to tie-in both themes of early reading and honoring a great man who did so much for our country.” 


More than 25 volunteers took the time to visit the CDC to read stories, both MLK-related and not, to children between the ages of 2 and 5.

“Dr. King once said that ‘Intelligence plus character is the goal of true education,'” Nuckolls said. “He also said his dream was for his children to grow up in a nation that would not judge them by the color of their skin but the content of their character. I believe those two messages of children developing their potential early on and looking into another person’s contributions are something we should all take to heart. I hope this drive was just one thing we can do as a community to honor his legacy and build a brighter future.” 


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