Book Fair Benefits Students and Classrooms


Photo credit: Rob Dixon © 2013

The book fair offers a selection of books for students to purchase. The book fair runs from Sept. 23 through Sept. 26.

Rob Dixon, Columnist

Three times a year, the media center transforms into a book fair where students and parents can purchase new books and support the school.

Not only does the book fair allow students to buy new books and fun trinkets, it helps raise funds to buy more books for the school. Sixty percent of book fair sales goes directly toward the school. “We use the money for literature sets that classes need and put books into kids’ hands,” said Mindy Duet, Media Center Coordinator. Parents can also purchase books for teachers as gifts.

Students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade visit the book fair at some point during the week with their class. The students watch a video before the visit, which gets them excited about reading. Students can also win posters and other prizes during the visit, which promotes the event. The media center staff and volunteers encourage students to come back with their parents after school.

Although the book fair is aimed toward elementary students, there are also books for older students. Middle school students can check out the selection during scholastic lab or lunch.

Volunteers help make the book fair happen by setting up the media center, working the cash registers and helping students and their parents. “It is fun to see kids excited about books and foster their love for reading,” shared Sheryl Honle, a parent volunteer.

“The book fair is always very successful,” said Duet as she helped arrange the sparkly pens at the register before the next class arrived. The book fair continues to be a strong fundraiser for books, and gets students excited about reading.