Rowe draws large crowd for family breakfast and book fair

Lyly-Anne Small (left) and Bella Woodard, both kindergartners at Guy E. Rowe Elementary School in Norway, were able to enjoy a morning at school with their families at the Donuts for Grownups breakfast and at the spring book fair. Last Friday marked the first school event in more than two years. Nicole Carter / Democrat announcerNORWAY — Guy E. Rowe Elementary School in Norway relaunched its annual student-parent breakfast last week, Donuts for Grownups, for the first time since 2019, with 1,500 people in attendance.

“We have a full house,” said principal Douglas Kilmister, as the children led their parents between the cafeteria and the school gymnasium, where a book fair was taking place. “There was no seating, which is damn good.

“We have 410 students and maybe over 1,000 parents here today. There are a lot of people I’ve never met. Many dads have been able to do this.

“It’s kind of our first big deal in two years,” said Holly Hill, who teaches first grade at Rowe. served here this morning.

“We knew that if we hadn’t been able to organize an event in two years, it would probably be a big problem. We decided to stagger it so that not everyone arrives at eight o’clock.”

Ruby Melhus, a first-grader at Guy E. Rowe Elementary School in Norway, shows off the new books she bought at the school’s spring breakfast and book fair. Nicole Carter / Democrat announcer

The book fair was sponsored by Scholastics, which provided fiction and non-fiction books for all ages, from chalkboard and picture to chapter books. Normally held in the fall during parent-teacher conferences and in the spring before Mother’s Day, proceeds from book sales are donated to Rowe’s Educators-Community-Home Organization.

Hill’s students brought their collections of new books back to her freshman class to get their first reads right away.

Mia Knightly had three Elephant and Piggie books from a series for young readers by Mo Willems. Ruby Melhus, 7, was settling down with one of her new books, the graphic novel Bunbun and Bonbon.

“The school was full of adults!” Student Luke Gaudette said, adding that he ate a cinnamon donut with his family for breakfast.

“Opening the school for the first time in two and a half years, I think people were really looking forward to coming back and celebrating with their kids,” Hill said.

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