Scotia Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Broadstock visited the Stanwood A. Murphy Elementary School last week, connecting the students with both reading and a community leader. (Mary Bullwinkel — For the Times-Standard)

Promoting reading and connecting students with community leaders — that was accomplished last week at the Stanwood A. Murphy Elementary School in Scotia when Scotia Volunteer Fire Chief John Broadstock paid a visit to the school to read to students.

Kindergarten, first- and second-grade students gathered in the school library to listen to Broadstock, and since it was Dr. Seuss Day, he read “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Read Across America was celebrated at schools across the county and across the nation last week, celebrating reading and connecting children with books.

“As a small school, we do many whole-school activities throughout the year,” said school principal Amy Gossien. “One of these is celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday as a way to promote and encourage reading all year.”

She said having Broadstock read to the lower grade students was “a way to bridge the school with community leaders, and show the students that everyone reads.”

Broadstock also talked to the students about his duties as fire chief.

“What we do for the community (is) respond to emergencies day or night, and help somebody in a time of need,” he said.

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