"Heroism was the theme of the day as the Horace Mann Middle School welcomed the best-selling co-author of "The Finest Hours" and one of the Coast Guard members featured in the book.
Co-author Casey Sherman and Coast Guard engineer Mel Gouthro spoke to students - who had chosen the book as the school's "All In!" reading campaign selection - in an assembly midday Thursday. The book - and the movie based on it - recounts a 1952 ocean rescue mission off Chatham. The movie, starring Chris Pine, opened in January.
Sherman, a Massachusetts native, said he had learned of Horace Mann's reading drive - in which many students at the school read and discuss the same book - through social media.
"I didn't know anything about your school until I was on Twitter and stumbled across a moving video (recommending the book as the drive's selection)," he said. "It touched me, not because you loved the book, but because you loved reading."
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And from the twitterverse other posts about the visit on Thursday:
With the real "Gus" from #TheFinestHours and @allinreading at HHMS. Great day! pic.twitter.com/RGQGMoWgQI— casey sherman (@caseysherman123) March 3, 2016
Yes, there is a story here. Let us tell you what can happen when kids read a book. #ALLIN16 #TheFinestHours #hmmsma pic.twitter.com/EFaw9InsI5— Crazy Reading Ladies (@allinreading) March 3, 2016
|A piece of CG36500 will live at #hmmsma to remind us what's possible #ALLIN16|
A piece of CG36500 will live at #hmmsma to remind us what's possible #ALLIN16 We are speechless @caseysherman123 pic.twitter.com/BmoXp5sgJ9— Crazy Reading Ladies (@allinreading) March 3, 2016