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Elementary school to host Scholastic Book Fair

Pagosa Springs Elementary School will host a Scholastic Book Fair March 12-22 during school hours in the school library.

Families, teachers and the community are invited to attend the Fair, which will feature a special theme: Book Fair Luau — It’s a Reading Celebration!

Many activities at the school accompany the book fair and the luau theme as this is an exciting time for students at the school and an easy way to increase interest in reading for pleasure.

A reading challenge began in mid-February challenging each student to read 15 minutes at home every day. For each day they complete this assignment, they record it on a special reading log. For every student who reads at least five nights per week until the end of March, they will be rewarded with a swim pass donated by Pagosa’s Healing Waters Resort and Spa. Every entry will also be included in a special drawing for a grand prize.

Students visit the Book Fair with their class once each week that the book fair is open. The first week they 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. The second week, students view the “Author DVD,” supplied by Scholastic, which features authors discussing the books they wrote with kids in mind.

Family Night will be held Thursday, March 15, from 5-7 p.m. and features a fun evening of luau activities, a special visit and activity with children’s book illustrator Lynne Avril, and dinner will be served by the Pagosa Kiwanis Club.

The elementary school has been hosting a book fair since 1982. The fall book netted the school $2,310 in cash and over $1,052 in books for the school library. Proceeds from book fairs are used for reading and educational improvements and help fund the purchase of necessary unbudgeted supplies for the school. Recently, 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.

Members of the community are invited to attend the book fair as shoppers or volunteers during book fair hours as the event is hosted in the school library and staffed by volunteers.

For more questions or to volunteer, contact Lisa Scott at 264-2730 or sranch@centurytel.net.

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