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Mother of Highland student reads to class, all the way from Qatar

Students in Jessica Warnecke’s second-grade class at Highland Primary listen as Amber Brenton, is serving in the Army and is currently deployed in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar, reads to them via computer link. Brenton is a mother of a student in the class.
Students in Jessica Warnecke’s second-grade class at Highland Primary listen as Amber Brenton, is serving in the Army and is currently deployed in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar, reads to them via computer link. Brenton is a mother of a student in the class. Courtesy photo

Students in Jessica Warnecke’s second-grade class at Highland Primary have had special guests coming in each week this year to read them stories.

“This year I, have invited mystery readers to come in and share a story with the class. My goal was to get a reader in once a month, but with an overwhelming amount of offers, we have had one come in each week,” Warnecke said.

The class — and one student in particular — got a special surprise on Oct. 14 when week’s mystery reader arrived, via satellite.

Colton Sallee’s mom, Amber Brenton, is serving in the Army and is currently deployed in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. But thanks to modern technology she was able to read a book to the class from all the way across the world.

The class’s essential reading questions have been all about animals, so she found a picture book on base titled, If Animals Wore Clothing.

“The book was quite funny, and the kids loved it,” Warnecke said.

Brenton also told class lots of interesting information about her job overseas, where exactly she was located, and let students ask questions. After she read to the class, she even took the students on a virtual tour of the warehouse where she works, showing them the extremely large tires that she is in charge of ordering for all the aircraft.

“This experience was so very special, and the kids were very surprised when they saw her face pop up on the Promethean board,” Warnecke said.

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