United Through Reading (UTR).
Amphibious dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) launched the
United Through Reading (UTR) program on March 2, 2010, just as the ship
neared its first African port visit in support of Africa Partnership
Station (APS) West. Founded by the Family Literacy Foundation, UTR
allows Sailors to videotape themselves reading children's books and
send a mini-DVD home. Participation in the program is easy. Sailors and
Marines sign up for a 15-minute slot and read a book to a family member
or even an elementary school, all while being recorded. Sailors and
Marines may choose from among 150 hooks stocked aboard the ship, or they
may choose to read from one of their own. "It's the best 15
minutes I'll spend a day," said Marine Staff Sgt. Jared Dugger
assigned to Security Cooperation Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
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