Students/faculty participate in Vermont Reads reading

Maple Street School students and faculty will present a staged reading of the 2018 Vermont Reads book “Bread and Roses” on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse Stage and at the Manchester Community Library on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Maple Street’s Upper School English Teacher Conor Welch will join students Ryder Scott (5th grade, Winhall) and Maddie von Ballmoos (6th grade, Manchester) in the staged reading. They will be directed by Maple Street third grade Teacher Maureen Chaffee.

“Bread and Roses” is a fictional account of the 1912 textile mill strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, told through the eyes of an Italian-American girl and a runaway boy. The novel relates the journey of Rosa, who along with Jake and other children, are sent temporarily out of harm’s way to foster families in Barre, Vermont, as children were during the strike.

Vermont Reads is a statewide, one-book community reading program that began in 2003. Since the beginning of the program, Vermont Reads events have taken place in more than 200 Vermont towns. This production is made possible by the Vermont Humanities council’s Vermont Reads Program and is free and open to the public.