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May 15 2020

For Kids Without Classrooms

By Kimberly Keelor for The Island Eye News

Citadel Cadet Cadet Daniel Sanchez Martinez, in a superhero costume, reads a Story Time with The Citadel tale in Spanish.

The Citadel is sharing the joy of reading with kids who can’t be in their classrooms through a new web resource for teachers and parents and the children they are educating and entertaining while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Story Time with The Citadel is managed by Mike Akers, a 2019 Citadel graduate who is now a fellow with the college’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.

“We have cadets who serve all year long with Charleston County School District schools. Some make several visits each week to the same schools to promote literacy through reading,” said Akers. “We have been working to develop outreach that can be safely accomplished remotely and still impact the younger students we are so devoted to in ordinary circumstances. And so Story Time with The Citadel was born.”

Story Time visitors go to and click on a video to hear a story. The stories are read by cadets and a variety of members of The Citadel campus community. Books include classics with a twist like “The True Story of The Three Little Pigs,” a funny tale called “The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog” and “La Zorra y las Uvas,” read in Spanish by Cadet Daniel Sanchez Martinez wearing a superhero costume.

The links to the stories are being provided to partner schools by the Krause Center, but Story Time is there for any teacher, parent or caregiver looking for additional free resources for home-based learning.

“We are starting small, but we hope to have dozens more submissions from our Citadel family, especially by cadets finishing up community-engagement course assignments this spring,” said Conway Saylor, Ph.D., director of service learning and civic engagement for the Krause Center. 

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