News: Hancock Elementary School unveils new library
Story by Lance Cpl. Michael Thorn
SAN DIEGO – Hancock Elementary School held an unveiling ceremony for the opening of their new library on campus, Nov. 8. Local Target volunteers and the Heart of America completely remodeled the library, changing how it looked and adding new books and technology for the children to read and use.
During the ceremony, guest speakers from each military branch came out to speak to the children in honor of the Veterans Day weekend.
“It was a privilege to get reached out to speak to the kids about the importance of education,” said Sgt. Miguel Rivera, a communication technician stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. “They are the future of this great nation, they could be the future service men and women, possibly even future Marines serving America.”
“The unveiling ceremony couldn’t have better timing,” said Yolanda Lewis, the principal of Hancock Elementary School. “To have it land on Veterans Day weekend and have the honor of these service members speak to the kids was a great experience for everyone.”
Hancock Elementary School’s students mostly come from military families. Some of the children that go to the school also have to deal with the hardships of a military lifestyle, especially having one or both parents being deployed.
“It’s great to see the community reach out and help with local military families in this way,” said Kim Shootman, the district community captain of Target in San Diego. “The kids have to deal with so much at home, sometimes they even have to live with a neighbor if both parents are gone for long deployments.”
Shootman also said the assistance to the school would not stop there. The library will receive new materials each month, and food will be given to those that need it through food pantries at the school.