Aiken Standard: Rep. Wilson Reads Book to First-Graders

Apr 5, 2013

“Pete the Cat” is a popular series for children, and Aiken Elementary School first graders were happy to hear one book read to them by a special guest on Thursday – U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.

The congressman read about Pete’s adventure in “Rocking in My Red Shoes” by Eric Litwin. According to the website, in the book, Pete learns about the school library, the lunchroom and the playground – playing his guitar throughout the day.

“Pete has never been in the library before,” Wilson told the kids. “But you’re in the media center/library, and Pete is reading in his school shoes.”

The children asked him several questions. Wilson talked about his four sons and how he and his wife Roxanne enjoyed having their seven grandchildren at their home this week.

A boy wanted to know what books Wilson has read. He smiled at that and added that he loves to read, including seven newspapers every day to keep up with the news. After sharing the news about Pete the Cat, Wilson moved to a third-grade classroom to answer questions.

In between the classroom visits, the congressman was asked if he enjoyed reading to the kids this week more than being in Washington these days.

“It’s much more hopeful here and inspiring,” Wilson said. “We don’t hear about all the things that are good in the schools. This is a Blue Ribbon school, and it’s really great.”

He knows two of the first-graders. John Goodwin is the son of Ted and Beth Felder, and Ted is a field representative on Wilson’s staff. Walker Wells is the son of S.C. Rep. Don and Monica Wells.

Diane Barnes, the school secretary, coordinated the event with Monica Wells. The third graders are studying South Carolina history and were really excited, asking some great questions, Barnes said.

“He had a good time,” she said of Wilson. “The congressman is so supportive of Aiken County, representing us very, very well. One of the kids said, ‘I’ve seen you on TV.’ The kids are informed in that perspective – from here at school and through their parents at home.”

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