Young Jace May helps author Clete Barrett Smith illustrate the world record for eating raw mayonnaise (Oleg Zhornitskiy ate 128 ounces in less than 8 minutes in 2002). The assembly of Blaine Elementary School students then helped Smith come up with a short story about a professional eating contest. Smith, a former Blaine High School teacher and now bestselling author of four children’s books, spoke to the students as part of Read Across America Day on March 2. Photo by Steve Guntli

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