Saddle Up and Read at the book fair through Oct. 27

    Photo courtesy Lisa Scott
    Second-grade students from Lucille Stretton’s classroom stand in front of the western town created to celebrate the Wild West Book Fair — Saddle Up and Read!, which will be open through Oct. 27 at the elementary school. Students holding books featured at the book fair are (left to right) John Grimes, Hannah Stretton, Lotus Webb and Landon Espinosa.20

    By Lisa Scott
    Special to The PREVIEW
    Wild West Book Fair — Saddle Up and Read! will be running through Oct. 27 during school hours in the Pagosa Springs Elementary School library.
    The community, families and teachers are invited to attend this Scholastic Book Fair and participate in all the activities that accompany the western theme, which are all geared to instill the love of books and reading.
    The Partners In Education Committee (PIE) has organized family night, which will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. A delicious and nutritious homemade chili dinner and all the fixings will be served in the cafeteria with a fun, yummy dessert.
    Other activities include a variety of cowboy and cowgirl games, and a representative of the Sisson Library will entertain with storytime. Additionally, crafts and a photo booth will be available. All families are invited to the western town at the school for an evening full of fun, to shop the Book Fair and enjoy a meal together.
    The Book Fair serves several purposes for the school. First, it’s a great way to inspire children to read and introduce new literature and highlight existing books that kids love. Second, it is an opportunity for students and their families to engage in an all-school activity and create camaraderie around education. Finally, it is a fundraiser as proceeds from book fairs are used for reading and educational improvements that are not funded through the school budget.
    The community is invited to attend the Book Fair as a shopper or volunteer 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