Traveling Stories: Why did you choose to volunteer with Traveling Stories and why might you encourage fellow military personnel to volunteer with us? 
Desiree Blanks: I chose to volunteer with Traveling Stories is because giving back to our community is so important. When I found Traveling Stories I thought it was the best way to give back is to the youth. I would encourage my fellow military to volunteer with Traveling Stories because nothing is more rewarding then to watch children grow to become so proficient and develop a passion for reading. 

TS: Please share a favorite memory from your time spent volunteering with Traveling Stories.
DB: I cannot think of a specific memory to choose as I always have such a great time at the StoryTents. However, one of my favorite parts about volunteering is when I get to do outreach and get to be the one to introduce the families to Traveling Stories. I now have a big family that comes to the Imperial Beach StoryTent. 

TS: What is your favorite children’s book and why?
DB: My favorite children’s book would have to be Giraffes Can’t Dance. It is about a giraffe named Gerald who is not as good of a dancer as the other animals because of his long legs. So the other animals make fun of him when he tries to dance like them. Feeling discouraged Gerald leaves but soon finds a friend in a cricket who shows Gerald that he just needs to try a different style of dancing. Once Gerald gains this confidence to try again he and the other animals see how he is actually a great dancer. I think there is such a great story for the kids in that book by teaching them we shouldn’t make fun of others just because they are different and that they might just surprise us. 

TS: Why did you choose to volunteer with Traveling Stories and why might you encourage fellow military personnel to volunteer with us? 
DB: If I could have any super power it would probably be to fly. I mainly would want to fly to avoid traffic. We all know how bad traffic can be in Southern California. I also think it would be great to get to another city or state in just minutes versus the hours it would take you driving or on a plane. 

Desiree, you have been such a big spark of light at our Imperial Beach StoryTent and others! Your time is valuable and we so appreciate the time you spend reading to kids at the StoryTents!

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