GRAFTON, Mass.- The students of North Grafton Elementary School were visited Tuesday morning by a policeman, fireman and a doctor.
No, there wasn't an emergency. It was Community Reading Day, a 10th annual event sponsored by Books and Beyond, a program that promotes early age literacy. Pillars of the town arrived, sat in an assigned classroom, read a story to the students, and then explained the importance of their job.
“It’s an opportunity for the children to interact with different people in their community,” said Laura Often, head of the North Grafton Parent Teachers Group.
In Kelly Carr’s first grade homeroom, Dr. Nicholas Frank sat and read, “Fritz and the Beautiful Horses.” Dressed in blue scrubs and a stethoscope, he sat on a small chair in front of the class.
“I’m a horse doctor,” he said to his audience who were as equally interested in his English accent as they were in what makes a bronco tick.
Grafton Superintendent of Public Schools James Cummings, Fire Chief Michael Gauthier, and Police Officer Al Hulbert also read to different kindergarten and first grade classrooms.
“This is my second or third year, and I always love doing it,” said Gauthier.
Other community readers were: Lori Muhr, secretary of the Grafton Land Trust; Jennifer Mannion, principal of North Street Elementary; Donna Blanchard, executive director and founder of Apple Tree Arts; Charlie Bolack, the founder of The Grafton News; Joseph LaChapelle, postmaster of North Grafton; Ruth Holden, owner of Houlden Farms; Lucille Boutiette, assistant Superintendent of Schools, and Brenda Plainte, principal of North Grafton Elementary.