‘Monster Book Fair’ set to open Monday


By Lisa Scott
Special to The PREVIEW

Families, teachers and the community are invited to attend the Scholastic Book Fair hosted by Pagosa Springs Elementary School Oct. 12-22 during school hours in the school library.

The event and the theme — “Monster Book Fair — Reading is so much fun you’ll get Goosebumps!” — inspires many activities at the school, as this is an exciting time for students during school hours and an enjoyable way to increase interest in reading for pleasure.

An event highlight is Family Night, hosted by the Partners In Education Committee (P.I.E.), which will be Oct. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. A delicious and nutritious homemade dinner will be served in the cafeteria. This fun evening will include lots of activities such as live entertainment and a monster photo opportunity. All families are invited to the school for an evening full of “fiendish” fun, to shop the Book Fair and, of course, to enjoy a meal together.

Parent/teacher conferences are Oct. 12, 13 and 14, and the Book Fair will be open during these hours, which is another occasion for busy families to visit the fair together.

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.

The hallway and entrance to the library have been decorated with the monster motif. Students also view the “Author DVD,” supplied by Scholastic, which features authors discussing the books they wrote with kids in mind.

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 elementary school has been hosting book fairs since 1982. The two book fairs last year netted the school $4,290 in cash and over $900 in books for classrooms and the school library. Proceeds from the book fairs are used for educational improvements that are beyond the basic school budget. Recent funds have helped the school make improvements to the playground and purchase LEGO robotics equipment for the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program. The new goal is to add new equipment to the playgrounds.

There are products for all age ranges and many excellent gift ideas. Inventory includes newly released titles, award-winning titles, annual favorites, children’s classics, beautiful hardback books and books and products from more than 150 publishers.

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

To sign up electronically for a volunteer slot, visit the website http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ba9a82baa8-fall2.

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