Disney Supports Books on Bases for Military Kids

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Neither rain nor wind nor cloudy skies will keep kids away from Disney star and “Shake It Up” star Adam Irigoyen.

Irigoyen, who plays Deuce Martinez on the hit show “Shake It Up,” joined hundreds of military families, Blue Star Families and Disney volunteers, Brigadier General Vincent A. Coglianese, his wife Mary and additional base leadership on Saturday, January 26 in the Semper Fit Fieldhouse aboard Camp Pendleton for a Books on Bases event with support from Disney. 

After an opening statement from Noeleen Tillman, Blue Star Families Managing Director, Gen. Coglianese addressed the crowd, many of whom who had deployed family members, and encouraged parents to read to their kids frequently.

“Evidence shows us that reading early and reading often to your children is beneficial in so many ways,” said Gen. Coglianese.  Irigoyen echoed Gen. Coglianese’s remarks and said his parents, both teachers, helped him develop a life long love of books and reading. 

“Reading will help you in all aspects of your life,” said Irigoyen.

Irigoyen and Gen. Coglianese then co read “Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem” by Mac Barnett to the delight of the milkids. 

Afterwards attendees browsed stacks of books – titles including “The Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Last Olympian,” and “Hothead” by Cal Ripkin Jr. Thanks to a generous donation from Disney, attendees chose up to five books to take home.  A select few were even signed by the author. The remainder of the 4,000 books will be donated to the base library and the Child Development Center.

Jaedyn Arnold, a 13-year old stationed with her family in 29 Palms, waited patiently while kids of all ages, not to mention a few moms, took pictures with the Disney Channel star. One fan politely asked Irigoyen to sign his new book igniting a trend. Soon kids were lined up again, this time with a pen in hand.  Gen. Coglianese signed books as well.

“It’s overwhelming,” said Arnold smiling. “I was so excited to come and meet him.”

Saturday’s event is the first Books on Bases event supported by Disney – more events are planned for the coming year.

Since Books on Bases launched in 2009, more than 100,000 books have been donated to military impacted schools and libraries all over the US. Books on Bases was created by Blue Star Families to positively impact the lives of military children through the power of reading. With the generosity of partners and supporters such as Disney, BAE Systems, Sleeping Bear Press, Operation Paperback, United Concordia and Random House, Blue Star Families donates books to military children, base libraries, Department of Defense schools, military-impacted public schools, and community libraries. 

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