ST. JOHNSBURY -- Reading is the most important skill you can teach a child. Of all the skills children learn, it is the one you can influence the most.

The St. Johnsbury School will host a Scholastic Book Fair Nov. 1-7 in the lower library. This fall's theme is "to the Book Fair and Beyond! -- Reading is out of this world!"

In preparation for the event, students were challenged to read 2500 books during the month of October. If this goal is reached, Dr. Martha Dubuque will kiss a goat during the November all-school assembly. Classrooms will be involved in two competitions during the book fair-a food drive to benefit Kingdom Community Services and a doorway decorating contest. The classroom bringing in the most pounds of food items will choose $50 worth of books from the book fair for their classroom library. The classroom with the best doorway decorated in the book fair theme will also select $50 worth of books for their classroom library.

Students from grades 4-8 may enter a poster contest. One winner from each grade will receive a $10 certificate to the book fair.

Members of the community are invited to attend at any time, but the book fair will be open during Math Night on Thursday, Nov. 3 for families to attend. Grandparents are invited to visit and have a special snack from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.

Students are collecting coins for the One for Books program. Any money collected will be sent to a Vermont library that lost books during Tropical Storm Irene. Collection boxes are also available at St. J Subaru.

For further information, please call the St. Johnsbury School library at 748-8912, ext. 1180. The Book Fair is a great place to get good books at affordable prices.


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