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NEWS | Nov. 24, 2009

Louisiana Guardsman proves 'Real Men Read'

By Sgt. Michael L. Owens Louisiana National Guard

CARVILLE, La. - A member of the Louisiana Army National Guard participated in the "Real Men Read" program at East Iberville School in St. Gabriel, La., Nov. 19.

Capt. Lance T. Cagnolatti, a St. Gabriel police officer, and two male teachers read to first, second and third grade students as part of an effort to teach kids the importance of reading. 

Although the program was originally designed for male kids, East Iberville School has allowed its female students to participate.

"I believe that every kid, male or female, should understand the importance and power of reading," said Janet Hammonds, a reading specialist at East Iberville School.

"Real Men Read" encourages and improves literacy, provides mentoring opportunities and demonstrates the importance of students achieving everything they can. The program recommends that men of all walks of life come and read to students for one hour a month.

"We really enjoy having the volunteers here at the school," said Hammonds. "The kids are very attentive and enjoy this learning experience. This is what education is supposed to be like."