Stratford School was fortunate in receiving a three-year grant from the Children's Literacy Foundation which is providing funds for a number of literacy activities for children in the community ages birth to 12. The school has kicked off the school year with a free magazine subscription from Carus Publishing for all of the children.

During the week of Sept. 17, Stowe, Vt. author Jan Reynolds will be a writer-in-residence working with grades K-8. Reynolds is a writer and photographer who has many adventures in far corners of the globe to relate. She is the author of several books for children, including the Vanishing Culture Series, which includes Mongolia, Sahara, Far North, Himalaya, and Down Under. Reynolds extends an invitation to the public to attend her multimedia presentations at the school today, Sept. 17 from 8:30-9:45 a.m., as well as Tuesday and Thursday, the 18th and 20th from 8:30-9:45.

In the spring, the school will have a poet-in-residence, Ted Scheu of Middlebury, Vt. Scheu is known for his volumes of funny poems, and loves working in schools with children; teaching them to write poetry.

In addition to the above, there are plans to do at least two children's book give-aways, another author visit, a storyteller, publication of the North Star Journal (a collection of student writing), a week-long theater residency with Children's Stage Adventures of Sullivan, N.H., and gifts to the town and school libraries of $1,000 worth of books each. It is shaping up to be another great year in Stratford!

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