Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Holds Veteran-Led Read Aloud

Hope Lenamon

November 6, 2018

Students at Hodges Elementary School will be read to by members of the Texas South Plains Honor Flight.

WHAT: The Texas Tech University College of Education is hosting a Veterans Day read-aloud event for students at Hodges Elementary School.

WHEN: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 9)

WHERE: Hodges Elementary School, 5001 Ave. P

EVENT: Members of the Texas South Plains Honor Flight – including Peyton Oldham, the organization's president and a U.S. Navy veteran – will read “Blue Sky, White Stars” to children in pre-K through fifth grade. The book, written by Sarvinder Naberhaus and illustrated by New York Times bestselling and Caldecott honor-winning artist Kadir Nelson, is a patriotic tribute to the American flag and the people it represents. After the read aloud, all students will receive a hardcover copy to take home.

The event is funded by the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood (ELPN), a federally backed grant program that seeks to provide comprehensive educational and social support for students in east Lubbock, an underserved area of the city that has a large population of at-risk youth. Read-alouds are opportunities for these children to improve their literacy skills and be exposed to different professions and experiences.

René Saldaña, an associate professor in the College of Education, and Ana Torres, an instructor in the college, are leading the event.

CONTACT: Robert Stein, media relations specialist, College of Education, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-7758 or robert.stein@ttu.edu