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Mayor of Warner Robins Randy Toms takes reading past the pages
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Mayor Randy Toms of Warner Robins decided to read to some kids Wednesday, but he wanted to extend reading far past the pages of a book.

The owners of Gottwals Books say they invited the mayor in hopes of using his influence to increase literacy among kids, and the mayor believes that is his responsibility.

"Children are watching us, so it's more than just doing what's right for the community, but you're possibly affecting the lives of children," says Toms.

As the mayor flipped page after page, he seemed to command everybody's attention. Some even applauded his talent.

"Great voice. Great reader," says student Gabriel Jacobs.

The mayor says when he reads to kids, he likes to be as interactive as possible, but he says that comes easy to him since he knows a thing or two about being a clown.

"I used to be a clown and teach fire safety through clowning, so I have that history of entertaining children, and to get their response back was really a lot of fun," says Toms.

For those who brought the kids to the reading, fun was only part of the reason. Kelsey Napier of Warner Robins C.M.E Summer Enrichment Program says she believes her students deserve exposure to people of influence in town.

"We also want them to see different members of our community and see that they stress the importance of literacy as well," says Napier.

The mayor hopes to be back again in the future, next time with his grandkids.


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