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‘Destination Book Fair: Read Around the World’

The Pagosa Springs Elementary School will conduct its annual Book Fair Nov. 9-19 with a theme of “Destination Book Fair: Read Around the World.”

Special events at this year’s fair include the Family Night on Nov. 12 and a tethered hot air balloon ride for reading contest winners on Nov. 18.

The Family Night includes dinner and math magic, in the form of a math-based magician, with shows at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served from 4:30-7 p.m.

In conjunction with the Book Fair, the elementary school is in the midst of a one-month reading contest, where one winner from each grade will have the opportunity to partake in a tethered hot air balloon ride with balloon pilot Mike Marchand on the morning of Nov. 18 between 9 and 10 a.m.

For the reading contest, students color in hot air balloons for minutes spent reading, with different amounts of time required for the different grades. Each time sheet colored and turned in acts as an entry for the chance to win the hot air balloon ride.

The Book Fair, which the elementary school has been hosting since 1992, helps promote literacy and reading efforts while also raising money to help the school purchase books and other unbudgeted items, said organizer Lisa Scott.

Between the fall and spring book sales, about $5,000 cash is raised for the purpose, Scott said.

The school also receives between $1,000 and $1,500 in books and resource materials from Scholastic for the Book Fair, Scott said.

Some of the books and resource materials are used to keep the school library up to date, while some are donated to preschools and the San Juan Basin Health Center to encourage pre-kindergarten readiness, as well as fun with reading.

The fair, with books and gifts for both kids and adults, is open to the public during school hours, during Family Night and during the school district’s Nov. 18 Thanksgiving lunch.

For more information, call Lisa Scott at 264-2730.