August 21, 2014 --
Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany’s youngest scholars and their parents filled the Town and Country Restaurant’s Grand Ballroom, Aug. 16, for the installation’s 2014 Summer Reading Club Award Ceremony.
The annual event, which is a Marine Corps Community Services’ Lifelong Learning Center summer reading activity for the installation’s youth, resulted in 14 trophies and 95 certificates being presented to the recipients in attendance.
Amos Tookes, librarian, Marine and Family Programs, MCCS, MCLB Albany, facilitated the ceremony in front of 22 of the more than 100 participants, who awaited presentation of the awards.
“We are here to celebrate the achievements of the summer reading program and those children who participated in the program,” Tookes said. “We give (trophies and) certificates of achievement. If they read (just) one book, we consider that an achievement and we award them.”
Tookes commented on the overall accomplishments of the participants in the program.
“This year, the (combined) group read close to 3,000 books over the summer,” he said. “That is a great achievement.”
Children of both active-duty service members and civilians employed on the installation as well as Child Development Center enrollees were eligible to participation in the summer program, according to Tookes.
Latreesa Perryman, school liaison, Marine and Family Programs, was the guest speaker for the event.
To celebrate the children’s achievement, MCCS sponsored a carnival at Boyett Park that featured face painting, pony rides, food, a bouncy house, a water slide, Who’ee the Clown and animals from Chehaw.