Local Author Visits NEK Preschool

skellysjpgLYNDONVILLE- In anticipation of Halloween, teachers at Northeast Kingdom Preschool and Childcare invited local author, David Martin, to give the students a special reading of his new book, Skelly's Halloween.

The reading was one of the school's many efforts to connect the students with the community. According to Jessica Poginy, the school's Community Outreach Coordinator, one of the most important things that they try to instill in the kids is civic duty.

She noted the importance of encouraging the kids to be responsible community members, and to be part of something bigger. "It's important to be able to expose them to different things in and around our community that we have to offer to show them that there is a bigger world out there, and that they can be part of it, and they are important," said Poginy.

Throughout Martin's time with the kids, he led them through numerous activities, most of which incorporated music. "Music is so important, for all ages- for the young ones and the old ones," he said. He and the students sang the classics, from, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", to ,"If You're Happy and You Know It", which was followed by an animated reading of Martin's spooky Halloween tale. It was obvious that the author was in his natural element. "This really feeds me," he said. "This is the way I have contact with young kids. I used to teach so I'd be in school's a lot. So this is one way for me to come in and be with the kids. And that just feeds my energy."

Thanks to donations from the town's local State Farm Company and Creative Counters, the school was able to raise $250 so all of the pre-school students could get their own signed copy of the book.


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