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Scholastic Book Fair opens April 26 at the elementary school

Pagosa Springs Elementary School will host a Scholastic Book Fair April 26 to May 5 during school hours in the school library.

Families, teachers and the members of the community are invited to attend the fair, which will feature a special theme: Book Fair Carnival — Your Ticket to Read!

Many activities at the school accompany the book fair and the hero theme.

“Meet the Strong Man’s Challenge,” a school-wide reading contest, began March 28. If elementary school students read 135,000 minutes by May 2, professional strongman Marshall White will pull a school bus during Family Night. For every 15 minutes that a student reads independently at home, they record their time on a special reading sheet. Completed sheets are turned in to earn a raffle ticket. Raffle tickets will be pulled to fill the bus that strongman Marshall will pull.

On Wednesday, May 4, from 5-7 p.m. the Partners In Education Committee (P.I.E.) will host a Family Night. Families are invited to the school for dinner, an evening full of carnival fun, and to shop the Book Fair. Strongman Marshall will perform the bus pull if the students have met the reading challenge.

During the two weeks the Book Fair is open, students visit the Fair with their class to preview the books for sale, especially the new releases. There are a wide variety of books and price ranges available, and there is always a huge supply of bargain items as low as $1.99. Students also view the “Author Video,” supplied by Scholastic, which features authors discussing the books they wrote with kids in mind.

The elementary school has been hosting a book fair since 1982. The fall 2010 book fair netted the school $1,842.50 in cash, over $240 in books and $150 in resource materials for the library. Proceeds from fairs are used for reading and educational improvements and help fund the purchase of necessary unbudgeted supplies for the school. Last school year, book fair proceeds were used to purchase a SMARTBoard and projector for the school’s library and assisted in the purchase of the new playground structure.

Individuals attending the event can also help build individual classroom libraries by purchasing books for teachers through the Classroom Wish List Program, which is highlighted within the Book Fair.

The Book Fair will offer specially priced books and educational products, including newly released titles, award-winning titles, children’s classics, beautiful hardback books, interactive software, and book titles from more than 150 publishers. There are products for all age ranges and many excellent gift ideas.

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