Governor Visits Winslow School to Celebrate Community Day

February 1, 2013

For Immediate Release: Friday, Feb. 1
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Communications Director (207) 287-2531

WINSLOW – Governor Paul R. LePage highlighted the importance of reading when he visited St. John Catholic School today. 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 Governor LePage by singing songs, including the Maine State song. Shortly after his arrival, Governor LePage read “Baxter in the Blaine House,” 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 Governor 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 Governor 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,” he added.

“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 Governor 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,” added Principal Massey.

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."

Photos from the visit are available on the Governor’s Flickr page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/govlepage/).