St. Johnsbury School School students will join millions of students across the United States by participating in the 16th annual NEA Read Across America celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday . The school library has planned three days of events on the first school days in March.

On Wednesday, March 6, Vermont authors Michael Daley and Jessie Haas will provide presentations to each grade level. The husband/wife team will do a joint presentation for the middle school students and discuss what works (and doesn't work) during the writing process.

Haas is the author of over 35 books. She has written books for children and adults, including the Beware series of horse books and "Hoofprints," a book of poetry about horses. Most recently, Haas wrote the latest American Girl books, "Saige" and "Saige Paints the Sky."

Daley has written three science fiction books for young readers: "Space Station Rat," "Rat Trap" and "Shanghaied to the Moon." He is also the author of two easy readers: "Pinch and Dash and the Terrible Couch" and "Pinch and Dash Make Soup."

At two different times during the day on Thursday, March 7, students will hear the announcement to Drop Everything and Read. Staff and students will stop what they are doing and spend 15 minutes reading.

On Friday, community members will come in to read to students. Each classroom will have a guest reader in the morning and again in the afternoon. Readers include members of local law enforcement agencies, firemen, radio personalities, clergy, bank employees and parents. Many of the books this year will have a farm or food theme to promote the importance of agriculture in our area. There are still a few openings left for readers.

For further information about the Read Across America celebration, contact the St. Johnsbury School library at 748-8912, ext. 1180 or 1226.

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