The National Education Association celebrates the birthday of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss, on March 2. Since that date falls during school vacation, the St. Johnsbury School library will celebrate Read Across America from March 4 to March 6 with a series of events.

On Wednesday, March 4, the entire school will Drop Everything and Read for 15 minutes in the morning and again in the afternoon. Students will work on their entries for the poster contest with this year's theme: "Oh the Places You'll Go When You Read." One winner in each grade, 3 through 8, will receive a $10 gift certificate to the next book fair.

The cast of the upcoming school musical, Seussical, will visit classrooms and read to students at 8:30 a.m. At 9, author Anna Dewdney will speak to students from kindergarten to third grade. She will then meet with classes between 10 and 11:30 a.m. Dewdney is the author of the popular Llama, Llama books, including "Llama, Llama, Red Pajama."

At 12:30 p.m., Vermont Civil War historian Howard Coffin will speak to students from grades 4 through 8. Selected students will meet with him to discuss the writing and research process. Coffin is the author of five books about Vermont in the Civil War, including "Guns Over the Champlain Valley."

The celebration will conclude on Friday, March 6, with the annual community read. Readers from the community will visit the school at 8:30 a.m. and at 1:15 p.m. to read to students in every classroom. There are still slots available for readers. Anyone interested may contact Donna Goodhue at


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