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Scholastic Book Fair open at the elementary school

The Scholastic Book Fair Carnival-Your Ticket to Read! has opened at the Pagosa Springs Elementary School during school hours in the school library and will be open through May 5.

Partners In Education Committee (P.I.E.) will host Family Night on Wednesday, May 4,, from 5-7 p.m. Families are invited to the school for a carnival dinner, an evening full of carnival fun and activities, to shop the Book Fair and, of course, to witness the battle of the strongmen!

The challenge between the Pirate Mascot and professional strongman Marshall White will happen at the end of the family night evening. Brawny and muscular, each man will attempt to defy the odds to see who can pull the school bus the farthest. This flex of muscle will only happen if the students at the elementary school can meet their own challenge.

A schoolwide reading contest, “Meet the Strongman’s Challenge,” began March 28 and dared students to read 15 minutes independently at home every weeknight in order to accumulate 135,000 minutes of reading time. At close of school last Thursday, the students had reached 65 percent of their goal (88,000 minutes) with May 2 fast approaching as the final deadline to complete the challenge. During the contest, each student earns a raffle ticket for each reading sheet they complete and raffle tickets will be pulled to fill the bus that the Pirate and the Strongman will haul.

Marshall White is a Pagosa Springs resident who travels all over the country and world to compete in strongman events. His focused training program still allows him time to volunteer with the Pagosa Springs High School weight lifting program to assist training athletes in proper form and technique. In 2010, Marshall placed third at America’s Strongest Man in Las Vegas and reigned first at the Strongman Super Series in Bucharest, Romania.

During the two weeks that the Book Fair is open, students visit the fair with their class to preview the books, especially the new releases, and view the Scholastic “Author Video” which features authors discussing their books written for children. 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.

The elementary school has been hosting a book fair since 1982. 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.

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