BRAWLEY — Arguably more fun than his day job, county Supervising Deputy Coroner Rick Macken was hard at work Friday morning reading to third-graders at J.W. Oakley Elementary School in Brawley.
The coroner's official was clearly enjoying the task at hand and taking a break between reading sessions.
"I think adults have the obligation to instill the fun part of reading and the enjoyment of reading, in kids," Macken said.
Macken and other community members were there to help celebrate Oakley's Literacy Day as part of the national Read Across America campaign organized by the National Education Association.
With a room full of third-graders at his knee, Macken soon had them giggling and laughing as he read "The Brand New Kid" by Katie Couric.