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Elementary school to host book fair

Pagosa Springs Elementary School will host a Scholastic Book Fair Nov. 5-15 during school hours in the school library.

Families, teachers and the community are invited to attend the Fair, which will feature a special theme: All Star Book Fair–Every Reader is a Star!

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

Students visit the book fair with their class once each week that the 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, many 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.

The Partners In Education Committee (P.I.E.) will host the Family Night on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 5-7 p.m. A delicious and nutritious homemade dinner will be served in the cafeteria. This fun evening will include lots of activities celebrating sports idols, playing interactive video sports and music games, and viewing the stars and constelltions in a mobile planetarium that will be set up for this event. All families are invited to the school for an evening full of “star” fun, to shop the book fair and, of course, to enjoy a meal together.

The elementary school has been hosting book fairs since 1982. The two fairs last year netted the school $4,016 in cash and over $1,880 in books for the school library. Proceeds from the fairs are used for reading and educational improvements that are beyond the basic school budget. In the most recent years, several new pieces of playground equipment and SMARTBoards were purchased with book fair proceeds.

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 in 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.

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

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