Explore an ocean of books March 2-12 at elementary school

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    By Debbie Mackey and Lisa Scott
    Special to The PREVIEW

    Pagosa Springs Elementary School will host the Scholastic Book Fair March 2-12 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 Under the Sea: Explore an Ocean of Books!

    Many activities at the school accompany the book fair and the Under the Sea theme, as this is an exciting time for students at the school and a fun and gratifying way to increase interest in reading for pleasure.

    Parent/teacher conferences are March 2-4 and the Book Fair will be open during these hours.

    Family Night will be held Wednesday, March 11, from 5 to 7 pm. The Partners In Education Committee (P.I.E.) has organized the evening. A delicious and nutritious homemade dinner will be served and there will be crafts, balloon animals and a fun photo opportunity, so bring your camera.

    Lisa Hartley and her talented third- and fourth-grade after-school performance group will be performing “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean!”

    There will be fun guessing games you can play for $1 and win great prizes, including gift certificates for the book fair. For a yummy treat to end the evening, visit the silent auction to bid on delicious pies made by elementary school staff and volunteers.

    You won’t want to miss this fun filled evening.

    Students visit the Book 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 DVD,” 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 2014 fall Book Fair netted the school $2,337 in cash and over $750 in books for the school library. Proceeds from book fairs are used for reading and educational improvements and to help fund the purchase of necessary unbudgeted supplies for the school.

    A portable stage was purchased with the proceeds last year. The current goal is to raise funds for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) LEGO Robotics equipment.

    Individuals attending the event can also help build individual classroom libraries by purchasing books for teachers through the Classroom Wish List Program that 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.

    The community is invited to attend the book fair as a shopper or volunteer 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.