Saddle up for the Scholastic Book Fair Oct. 16-27


    By Lisa Scott
    Special to The PREVIEW
    Pagosa Springs Elementary School will host the Scholastic Book Fair Oct. 16-27 during school hours in the school library. Families, teachers and the community are invited to attend the fair, which will feature a special theme: Wild West Book Fair — Saddle Up and Read.
    This is an exciting time for students at the school and many activities at the school accompany the Book Fair as it is a fun and gratifying way to increase interest in reading for pleasure. Parent/teacher conferences are Oct.16, 17 and 18 and the Book Fair will be open during these after-school and evening hours.
    Book Fairs are scheduled to coincide with parent/teacher conference nights so there is another opportunity for busy families to visit the fair together. Students love showing their families the decorations and the books they have their eye on. Dress like a cowboy/cowgirl will be Oct. 27 for the students and staff.
    Family Night will be held Oct. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Partners In Education Committee (P.I.E.) have organized the evening. A delicious and nutritious homemade dinner will be served and there will be other fun cowpoke activities. Additionally, students will be allowed to wear their Halloween costumes to family night.
    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 two book fairs last school year earned the school over $11,130 in scholastic dollars and $1,084 in books for the school library. Through Scholastic, educational supplies can be ordered at a discount. Last year’s proceeds were used to “makeover” four classrooms with alternative student seating, area rugs, SMARTboards and projectors. Additionally, comfortable student furniture for the library was purchased. Proceeds also assist with purchasing the meal and entertainment for the Family Night event. The goal is to continue to supplement other classrooms.
    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