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Christ Church Episcopal School celebrated the release of the new children's book, "The Night Before Primer" by Greenville author Stephanie Morgan with a special reading by the book's narrator, "Buddy the Cavalier."

Upper school drama teacher Reed Halvorson dressed as Buddy to read the book to 62 of the school's incoming Primers, which refers to students enrolled in its K5 program. Morgan, who is mother to two CCES students, and illustrator Caroline Glazebrook were also at the unveiling. 

Jamie Bryant, director of strategic marketing and communications for CCES, said the idea came from the book "The Night Before Kindergarten" by Natasha Wing, which many parents utilize to help their children know what to expect their first day of school.

"We thought we'd do one specific to our school," Bryant said. 

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Each Primer student will now receive one at orientation so they can read it before school begins.

Morgan added, "I agreed to write 'The Night Before Primer' because I believe that transitions are best when the unknowns are few. CCES is a school full of tradition and unique learning opportunities.  Welcoming Primers and their families to those opportunities while enhancing their first day experience was a true pleasure."

Bryant said the school wanted the book to feature real photos of its students, teachers and campus, so they turned to Glazebrook, who works at CCES as its digital marketing and communications manager.

"(She) is responsible for not only taking many of the pictures used in this book, but also meticulously working to transform those images into the beautiful watercolor pictures you see on every page," Bryant said. "Caroline spent countless hours working on the imagery for this book, a treasure for this Primer class, and extra special for her own family, as she and her husband Stephan have a rising Primer of their own, Eliza."

The book costs $25 and can be ordered by contacting Bryant at bryantj@cces.org. 

"We will be placing an additional order this fall once we have had time to circulate an order form to our families," she said.

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