View Full Version : Effort go get SK to Sussex Regional High in New Brunswick

03-04-2012, 10:06 PM
Students at Sussex Regional have been sending letters and artwork to Stephen King for a while now and I was glad to see that BettsBooks is showing support. The school started this initiative to encourage their students to read more and is having success in doing just that. I wish my school had given encouragement to read books we were interested in instead of forcing the usual Shakespeare and To Kill a Mockingbird on everyone. Even a book a year of your choosing on top of the stuff they force you to read would have been a great step forward in helping kids learn to like reading. Thought i'd share this story. This is what appeared on BettsBooks along with some art...

Dear Loyal Customers, Stephen King fans and Constant Readers-

I was recently contacted for some information about Stephen King by administrative staff at the Sussex Regional High School in New Brunswick Canada. To my delight, I discovered that as part of an art and literacy project, the school was engaged in several ventures aimed at trying to get Mr. King to visit their school. I was quite taken with the efforts of both the students and staff, so much so that I thought of a wonderful way of acknowledging and supporting their effort....by posting for display some of the creative artwork done by the students. If I put myself in their shoes, I thought to myself what a thrill it would be to see my artwork posted not only on the Internet, but specifically on the Betts Books website. So this is my way of supporting their effort.

I offer my congratulations to all those at Sussex Regional High School...WELL DONE!

Dear Mr. King, Hello, I am a tenth grade student at Sussex Regional High School, population of 900, and I am writing to ask you to take time from your busy schedule to visit our little town of Sussex, New Brunswick. Our school took on the initiative to try to bring you here around Halloween of 2011. We are asking you that one year from then, Halloween 2012; you visit our School. We would be honored to host you, and would make you feel right at home, which is easy in a town where everybody knows your name. I understand that you taught in our province many years ago, and we are asking you to return to New Brunswick. Coming to our school would be a great opportunity for you to expose our students to your style of literature, and to promote your novels. Our school has already had a Stephen King book sale, which heightened the interest of your potential visit. Our town is so unique. With over 25, we are the mural capital of Atlantic Canada, and also that of covered bridges. The second largest deposit of potash in the world is located about 4km outside of Sussex. Oh, and the cows. We probably have the largest deposit of those in the world. But in all seriousness, perhaps visiting Sussex will inspire you to write a novel about a killer calf named Cowjo. Yes, if you were to speak at our school, it would be the biggest thing to happen to Sussex since the Queen's visit in 2002. I was lucky enough to be in the same room as her, and Stephen King would be a notable addition to my list. If we were fortunate to have you, you would be speaking in our newly renovated theater. We raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to refurbish our old theater, and now that it's finished, it's beautiful. Thanks for your consideration, and I hope to see you next year. Sincerely, John

03-05-2012, 07:21 AM
Pretty neat! How far is this from you, Teri?

03-05-2012, 08:19 PM
Not far. Its the next province over. About a 10hr drive I think.

03-06-2012, 04:11 AM
And that's a drive you would make if given the oppotunity, right? (I drove 8 hours to see him in Dallas in November.)

03-06-2012, 04:56 PM
I flew 8 hours to see him, a couple of years ago. :)


03-06-2012, 04:57 PM
I did that last year :)

03-06-2012, 05:05 PM
You guys have me beat, I only drove 2.5 hours to see him when he toured in support of Lisey's Story.

03-06-2012, 07:10 PM
One of my trips was 15 minutes from home. It was at a local Wal-mart (for Under the Dome). I stopped on my way to work to get the ticket and book. Then left work about 1/2 hour early to go back to the store (which is about halfway between work and home and right next to the highway I travel each day) and waited in line for the reading and signing. I really lucked out on that one!

03-06-2012, 08:08 PM
I certainly would if I had the money. Keep in mind that's a tank of gas each way($75) plus gas while there. And at least a night in a hotel, food and time off work. But I'd try my damn best, borrow money er use cc's. Save up if I knew in advance for sure. But I doubt they'd open to the public. Prob just the school.

03-06-2012, 08:11 PM
I'd go to maine for the hell of it too...not much father.if I had a passport. Dumbest law ever!

03-07-2012, 04:47 AM
Dumbest law ever!

Actually, there even dumber ones here in the US. Here in Minnesota is illegal to sleep naked, A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head, Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head. Gotta love having a website like dumblaws.com, lol

03-07-2012, 06:13 AM
Actually, there even dumber ones here in the US. Here in Minnesota is illegal to sleep naked, A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head, Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head. Gotta love having a website like dumblaws.com, lol

What kinda freaks wear poultry as headwear? You people in Minnesota are...strange. Frightening almost!;)

03-07-2012, 07:51 PM
Hey, they need to think of things to do in the usual years where they have 8 months of winter.

03-08-2012, 05:00 AM
Its still dumb though. Because some dude from the desert on the other side of the world blows up some buildings; Canadian's are not allowed in without a passport? Tell me where the sense in that is? Pretty sure I didn't blow anything up. Passports are not cheap

03-08-2012, 05:15 AM
I once a crazy woman I didn't know break out the windows in my car because it looked like someone else's. Better safe than sorry!:p

03-08-2012, 05:22 AM
They didn't care before, so why should they now. "We" went over their to fight with yas for f*ck sakes and are still there. I just don't agree with it. We go along with all the american shit...including SOPA just because our politicians are pansy ass mother F*ckers who are afraid of taking it up the ass if we offend yas. But I can't complain I guess cuz I am too lazy to vote. I apologize for my language. lol

03-08-2012, 12:45 PM
Just a reminder that we can't visit Canada without a passport either. Crazy!


03-08-2012, 09:47 PM
Yea but you guys started it. lol

03-08-2012, 10:09 PM
Teri, does Canada have Enhanced Drivers Licenses? The state of Washington allows you to get an Enhanced license for an additional $30 and it allows us to travel to and from Canada.
Yea but you guys started it. lol

03-08-2012, 10:28 PM
I've never heard of it but if they do its probably only the bordering provinces that would have it. which is most of them i guess or half I dont feel like counting them...not Nova Scotia though. Most common crossings are NB and Ontario so I could see them having it.

03-08-2012, 10:29 PM
I got this from wiki, "Provinces issuing EDLs include Manitoba[26], Quebec[27], British Columbia [28] and Ontario.[29]"

03-09-2012, 02:32 AM
Saw all the campaign stuff when I visited Betts. I love how Betts took this up and got all that stuff on their site!

Grant Wootton
03-09-2012, 06:23 AM
Dumbass laws are not solely the domain of the US and/or Canada (apparently) - these are two laws that don't make any sense, but are apparently still in force (glad I'm not Victorian, I suppose) :p

- In Victoria Australia, only a licensed electrician is allowed to change a lightbulb.

- In Victoria Australia it is forbidden to wear pink hot pants after mid-day on a Sunday.

03-09-2012, 08:42 AM


I fyou want to wear those on a Sunday afternoon, Mr. Woot......stay in Australia please!

03-09-2012, 09:59 PM
Makes you wonder if Mr. Woot knows that because he got busted for it once.

03-09-2012, 10:12 PM

Grant Wootton
03-10-2012, 01:21 AM
Jesus Christ on a battery powered pogo stick - it was only the once, I said I was sorry, I paid the freaking fine, I put the incident behind me - MOVE ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


03-10-2012, 01:42 AM
Did you get your free horse, gun and bullets like I did after painting the log. lol

03-10-2012, 01:47 AM
Also for those of you who clearly don't know what hot pants are...


Sorry, I couldnt find a pic of a man wearing them. Woulda been so much better. lol

03-10-2012, 04:41 AM
But the law covers Victorian hot pants, not late 20th century hot pants! Though Mr. Woot should be arrested on genreal priciple if he wore those in public.

Grant Wootton
03-10-2012, 06:16 AM
hehehehe .. Victoria is a state (not of mind, but of land mass) not a period in time, then again, there are those that say that Victoria belongs in the last century (well, maybe the one before that) :cool: Teri, found some pix of guys wearing them (and a couple of pix that were just plain WRONG) but figured they had no place on a family oriented gentile site such as this :p

03-10-2012, 06:20 AM
Didn't make a lot of sense, I know, but it WAS supposed to dumb--not just that dumb.

Grant Wootton
03-10-2012, 06:47 AM

03-10-2012, 06:50 AM
I am going to have nightmares about being flashed by Curious George for a long time...:(

Grant Wootton
03-10-2012, 07:19 AM
Solly Cholly, I didn't mean to be mean :)

Bev Vincent
10-20-2012, 03:16 PM
Their year-long effort paid off: Stephen King surprises New Brunswick high school students (http://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/19/news/state/stephen-king-surprises-new-brunswick-high-school-students-2/?ref=latest)

10-23-2012, 02:22 PM
only found out about this today that he showed up.. I am 30 minutes away from Sussex ...Damn it all to hell :)

10-23-2012, 04:13 PM
Teri, does Canada have Enhanced Drivers Licenses? The state of Washington allows you to get an Enhanced license for an additional $30 and it allows us to travel to and from Canada.

Nope New Brunswick does not have enhanced driver's Licenses because they can make more money making you buy a passport.

10-26-2012, 02:07 AM
Thanks for the update Bev. It's nice to know he did go. I didnt hear about it til now because I'm not in Nova Scotia Anymore. So happy for those kids. Lucky Buggers.