King Street book fair a true community event
Bills were stored in envelopes, squished into pockets or boldly clenched in tightly fisted hands. There was money to be spent and books to be bought, and students at King Street School were ready to shop.
Throughout the morning of Sept. 26, classes were escorted to the auditorium where students walked onto the stage. Several portable shelves and tables were filled with books to purchase. Students could also decide to purchase a novelty item, just for fun, such as gummy bear-shaped erasers or pencils with big donut erasers on top.
The impromptu “bookstore” was part of the bi-annual Scholastic Book Fair.
Fifth grader Jade Landivar said she liked comic and picture books because she can read them in one day.
“It’s really good for me because I like to learn new words,” Jade said of why she enjoyed reading.
First-grader Guadalope Ramiro was looking out for her budget as she perused the shelves.
“I have to find one that is not too much dollars,” she said matter-of-factly.
Yasari Martinez and her friend Lisbeth Albert, both fifth graders, were shopping together. They each had an armful of items.
“We were looking for Dog Man comic books,” Lisbeth said, adding that she likes to read comic books, graphic novels and chapter books.
The book fair is hosted by the school PTA and is held twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring.
Money raised through the sales is put toward classroom enrichment, said Jill Geller, PTA co-president. Teachers can ask for financial assistance for things such as paying for a bus for a field trip or receiving a mini-grant for a classroom expenditure.
The PTA works with Scholastic Books to arrange the fairs. Planning for the fall event begins in the spring and work continues throughout the summer so the first event can take place within a few weeks of the start of the new school year. The fall event coincides with the school’s annual Parent Night, when parents are welcome to stop by the book fair and do some shopping of their own.
“It really is a community event,” Principal Samuel Ortiz said of the book fair. "It’s about getting kids excited about reading and raising money for the PTA. It’s definitely one of our most popular events.”
In addition to students enjoying the fair, teachers are encouraged to fill out a wish list of titles they would like to have in their classroom. Parents are welcome to make a purchase from the list. Kindergarten teacher Alejandra Naselli said sometimes parents will sign the book they purchased, and their student is often surprised to learn the book was gifted by their family.