Call it a well-read event.
Fair Haven’s Viola L. Sickles School officials are claiming major success with the annual PTA Book Fair.
Featuring various genres and titles from Scholastic Publishing, the Book Fair was held from Nov. 14 to 18. Family Night at the fair allows parents and siblings take part. It was held on the evening of Nov. 15 and was dubbed a “door-buster” success.
Many students and families took the opportunity to buy books for use in the classroom as well, using the teachers’ wish lists as a guideline.
This year’s Book Fair at Sickles School was organized by PTA Book Fair Committee members Jen Baron, Vicky Hays, Heather Lombardo, Kerry Maguire, and Sheilah Olson.
The Knollwood School Book Fair is set for April.
— Edited press release from the Fair Haven School District
The following is an edited release from the Rumson School District …
“I like books,” said Clara Winters, a first grader at Deane Porter School, when asked why she was excited to attend this year’s Rumson School District Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) Book Fair.
Judging by the number of excited youngsters clutching brand new books in anticipation of taking them home to enjoy, Clara was in good company.
The 2014 Rumson PTO Book Fair, held in the gymnasium of Deane Porter School from Oct. 15 to 22, featured a large number of compelling titles to pique the interests of Pre-Kindergarteners through eighth graders at Deane Porter and Forrestdale schools.
Thousands of books and related items were available for immediate purchase, including a selection of titles for adults and young adults.
This year’s attendees were urged to make way for their new purchases by donating gently used titles to the Bridge of Books Foundation.
Bridge of Books provides an ongoing source of books to underprivileged children throughout New Jersey in order to support literacy skills and foster a love of reading.
The Rumson school community donated of 20 cartons of books.
Kicked off with a conch shell concert by Forrestdale School Band Music Teacher John Lebitsch, the book fair’s Family Fun Night was held on Oct. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. and featured activities such as face painting, crafts, and King and Queen for a Day photos as well as a gift basket raffle.
Parent volunteers assisted with book sales throughout the event, while eighth graders from Forrestdale School helped out with activities.
“We are so fortunate to live in a district with a wonderful Book Fair and terrific community and PTO support year after year,” said Abby Daly, this year’s PTO book fair chairperson. “The money that is earned through book fair is invested in new titles for our school libraries to help keep our collections fresh.
“It’s truly an investment in the future.”
For those wishing to purchase new books for use in specific classrooms, teacher wish lists were made available as well.
Forrestdale fourth graders Kira and Lisa Hunt. “The Book Fair is always great,” said Forrestdale fourth grader Kira Hunt. Her sister, Lisa, agreed, adding that “picking out books is a lot of fun.”