"Once a teacher, always a teacher," said Congressman Don Young after reading Dr. Suess's "Green Eggs and Ham" to eager listeners at Tami's Tykes, a licensed Mendenhall Valley day care center during his visit on Oct. 14 to the Capital City. The children were eager to hear more, so he also read another classic, "The Little Engine that Could."
Taking a break from his busy campaign trail long enough to spend some time with the children was enjoyable, according to Congressman Young.
"You heard my speech at the Chamber of Commerce today, didn't you?" Young asked. "I tell you, it is all about education."
United Way of Southeast Alaska asked the Congressman to volunteer some of his time while he was in town and he quickly replied, "Yes." United Way mobilized around literacy and early learning this year, recognizing it as a building block for a success life in school and future work.
Congressman Young has supported literacy for decades. Last year, he did public service announcements on the radio and he supported "Reading is Fundamental" and "Reach Out and Read" during the appropriations process.
"Focusing on parenting and learning is what will help kids succeed at school," Young said in reply to a question from the Chamber audience earlier in the day.
Congressman Young is 77 years old and running for re-election to his seat in the House of Representatives. A former school teacher in Ft. Yukon, the Congressman has been serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for 38 years.
Tami's Tykes is owned and operated by Tami and Reid Bowman. Tami is active with the Association for the Education of Young Children and had visited with Congressman Young in Washington D.C. last year to promote early childhood issues.