“Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman.” Storytime was brought to life as children gathered around a room, some sitting in their mother’s laps, all eager to hear a story read to them by the ‘Giant’ at the Ste. Mere Eglise Neighborhood Center, March 19.

The United Service Organization of North Carolina, with the help and support of Picerne Military Housing teamed up to provide a monthly program for military Families as a way of encouraging socialization and Family reading.

“Jack and the Beanstalk” was the first story read as part of this new iniative. Mike Sarisky, Picerne Military Housing neighborhood manager, dressed up as the ‘Giant’ to bring the story to life.

“Story time is a great way for military Families to enjoy a free, positive event for their preschool-aged children,” said Bev Jackson, assistance center director, USO of N.C. Fort Bragg.

The story time events are tailored to children six-years-old and younger, and are a way of supporting the young military Families on Fort Bragg to give them opportunities to meet their neighbors and enjoy a morning of activity outside of their home with their children.

“I hope that neighbors will become friends and young military spouses will realize that they have a great support system at Fort Bragg,” said Jackson.

“I also hope that Families will plan simple activities and reading times with their children away from televisions and video games, but most of all, that these children will have a morning of adventure and fun.”

In addition to the storybook tales, the children engaged in activities related to the story by coloring a picture of Jack and the beanstalk, planting their own ‘magic’ beans, and enjoying snacks and juice.

The USO of N.C. Fort Bragg plans to have a story time event each month at different Fort Bragg neighborhood centers.

“We’re very excited for this opportunity to work with Picerne Military Housing, and offer a positive event for our Fort Bragg Families,” said Jackson.

For more information regarding upcoming story time events or to register, visit the USO of N.C. Facebook page and the USO of N.C. website.