WINSLOW, Maine — Gov. Paul R. LePage highlighted the importance of reading when he visited St. John Catholic School Friday, according to a press release from governor spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett.
St. John Catholic School held Community Read-In Day, which highlights this year’s observance of National Catholic Schools Week.
Students, staff, and guests welcomed Gov. LePage by singing songs, including the Maine State song. Shortly after his arrival, Gov. LePage read “Baxter in the Blaine House,” written by Paula Benoit. The book highlights Baxter, a lively Jack Russell terrier mix, who offers readers a tour of the Blaine House that has been home to Maine’s governors and their families since 1920. Baxter currently lives at the Blaine House and is owned by Gov. LePage and the First Family.Additionally, the governor answered questions from students and was given a guided tour of the school.
“I was impressed by each student’s attitude and their presentation today,” said Gov. LePage. “It is a truly rewarding experience to meet Maine students because they are our future generation, they will be leading our State one day.”
“It is such a privilege to have the governor of our state come to St. John School,” Principal Claudette Massey said. “Students were very excited about Gov. LePage’s visit. This involvement with the community is very important to our students’ education. Having our students make such personal connections with state and community leaders are part of the educational experience that certainly creates lasting impressions.”
Catholic Schools Week is a national celebration of Catholic education and the value it provides to the nation. The theme this year is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.”
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