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Governor Bryan and Lt. Governor Roach Meet A Young Author At Montessori School On St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan Jr. and Lt. Governor Tregenza Roach on Friday paid a visit to students at the Virgin Islands Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy on the East End of St. Thomas.

Bryan and Roach spoke with a young U.S. Virgin Islands author, promising to include her book in his Summer Reading Challenge.

The governor stopped in to say “Good Morning” to the young kindergarten and pre-K students, many of whom said “hello” and then returned studiously to their assigned tasks.

Governor Bryan tells Rhea he will use her book in the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Governor Bryan also had a lengthy conversation with fourth-grader Rhea Madison James, who wrote the book “The Runaway Watermelon.”

The chief executive also listened intently to 12th-grader Deja-Marie Simon, who took Rhea’s original drawings and turned them into colorful illustrations for the book.

During his conversation with the students, Bryan told them he would be including “The Runaway Watermelon” in his next Summer Reading Program.

The annual program challenges students across the territory to read a
specific number of books during the summer months off from school.

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