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Lawler001MANCHESTER – Whatever the weather, snow will take center stage for celebrations of Catholic Schools Month at Assumption School. With a flurry of snow-themed events, the school will share enthusiasm for snow and reading with students and the local community.


Janet Lawler, creator of Snowzilla, will be the featured author at an event to be held at Assumption School Jan. 18.

Mrs. Lawler, a critically acclaimed author of 10 children’s books, will present "The Life Cycle of a Picture Book," based on Snowzilla, which was published in 2012. The presentation is designed for students in kindergarten through third grade, but because of the topic, older students may also enjoy her presentation. 

"We are looking forward to Mrs. Lawler’s program, which is based on her book about an enormous snowman that creates huge problems for a small town," said Marguerite Ouellette, principal. "This event kicks off a series of three author events we will host early next year. All of the events are designed to encourage reading, support local children’s authors and showcase Assumption School. A grant provided by the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Catholic Schools helped make this series possible."

Mrs. Lawler is a Connecticut author who says her love of family and nature inspires much of her writing. "I am very excited about sharing my stories, my love for reading and my picture book writing process with visitors and families at Assumption School," she said.

Another Catholic Schools Month celebration planned specifically for students at Assumption focuses on a book written and illustrated by Moria Fain. The book, Snow Day, is a heartwarming story of a snow event that provides a reprieve for Maggie, who hadn’t finished homework that was assigned by Sister Agatha Ann.

Illustrations in the book feature women religious wearing habits that are distinctively similar to those worn by two Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church who teach at Assumption School.

Organizers of the event scoured secondary markets to obtain more than a dozen copies of the book, which was published in 1996 and has been out of print for years. The books will be used for interactive reading and other activities; they will be distributed by drawing at the end of the event.

"In prior years, we’ve planned Catholic Schools Month celebrations that involved seasonal outdoor activities such as snow building. Frequently, when not a flake was in sight, those events were redesigned," said Ms. Ouellette. "But this year, whatever the weather, we’ll celebrate the outstanding education provided by Catholic schools along with the seasonal delights of snow."