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Scholastic Book Fairs In Schools Across The District



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Scholastic Book Fairs In Schools Across The District

By Eliza Hallabeck

Sandy Hook School Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung went by the name “Harriet The Spy” on Monday, March 21, in honor of the school’s Dress Like Your Favorite Character Day to kick off the yearly Scholastic Book Fair.

Students, staff, and administrators could buy the chance to dress like their favorite character for the day for $1 to raise money for a charity of the school PTA’s choice. Each dollar raised was matched by Scholastic through a fundraising program the company offers, according to Ms Hochsprung.

Normally schools are offered the fundraising program through a Crazy Hat Day,” but Ms Hochsprung said, Sandy Hook School already has a Crazy Hat Day. To keep the fundraiser in the theme of books, Dress Like Your Favorite Character Day was chosen for the school’s fundraiser.

Scholastic Book Fairs were held at Sandy Hook School, Hawley, Middle Gate, and Reed Intermediate School this week to coincide with Parent Teacher Conferences in the school district.

At each school, students visited the book fairs during designated times to peruse the freshly set up and stocked shelves under the guidance of PTA volunteers. Students had the option of writing down “wish list” books to bring home to their parents or guardians. Some schools also had baked goods for sale, like at Middle Gate where lead teacher Judy Beers said brownies, fudge, and cupcakes were just some of the food options up for sale.

Also at Middle Gate, teachers made wish lists of books that would be a nice addition to the classroom. Ms Beers said parents attending conferences at the school during the week then had the option of purchasing the books for the desiring classroom.

There was also a special reading challenge at Middle Gate for the week. Students were asked to challenge themselves to read at home for a designated amount of time, keep track of their minutes spent reading, and report back to the school. The classroom reading totals were then tallied and used in a raffle where Principal Christopher Geissler spun a wheel during morning announcements to pick the winning “number.” Each day had a special prize to give out to the winning classroom. Ms Beers said on Monday the winning class earned the chance to have a book read out loud to them.

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